January 17th Kid Inventors Day

Created by Lee Ward, to promote her book; “101 Ways to Bug Your Parents, 101 Ways to Bug Your Teacher, 101 Ways to Bug Your Friends and Enemies”. She claims that 500,000 kids a year invent something that may, or may not, make it to the mainstream. She picked today because it’s Benjamin Franklin’s birthday., one of the first children inventors on record when he invented swim fins at 12 years of age. It’s been a bizarre holiday since 2005.

How to celebrate – Look you famous inventions by children, you might be surprised what you find. Support any local children inventors you know of. Read about all of Ben Franklin’s inventions.

December 12th International Children’s Day

Today was created by UNICEF and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences as Broadcasters “Tune in to kids”. Ah, shouldn’t they do that all the time!?! I guess with a lot of the shows that make it to air, they don’t. (And I’m none to sure they tune in to adults either.) Anyway, this is one of several special days that industry across the world is supposed to pay attention to the needs of kids instead of trying to make a buck off of them. Oh and it’s not just a buck, it’s a yen, pound,franc… you name it. Children are a huge market for the Arts & Sciences and if government is right, they all know better how to raise our children than we do… maybe because they are still children themselves! Anyway, pay attention to your kids, we have to do it every day, the Arts and Sciences only have to do it one day a year.

How to celebrate – Give to UNICEF. Pay attention to the special things companies do for children today. (You might have to look hard for it) Remember your own childhood.

October 8th American Touch Tag Day

Remember when you were a child and you couldn’t fins anything better to play so you decided you would chase your friends around and try to touch them, or they touch you? Guess today that may be outta place. Still, kids do it. The fastest always win, the slowest and heaviest generally lose but you sort of know that going into it. Even if you are a good dodger you are eventually gonna get tagged if you aren’t fast enough. There use to be something about being called “it” that was upsetting. Of course today we are supposed to call each other “it”. So I guess even as we get older we still are playing tag, just with new rules.

How to celebrate – Get a neighborhood game of tag going. Be proud to be “it”. Watch where you put those hands!!!

October 5th World Teacher’s Day

Teachers have a rough job. I mean, it’s not like a ditch digger or a skyscraper walker but still, we wouldn’t have those people if someone didn’t teach them either. The fact is, we are all teachers in our own way… maybe not in a classroom and maybe not inspiring someone to be something more but we all teach. I admire those who can develop minds and set children on a path to want to learn.Today was created by Director-General of UNESCO, Federico Mayor, at the International Conference in Geneva in 1993.

How to celebrate – Thank any teacher you know. Get a bunch of apples to pass out. Try being a teacher’s assistant for just a day.

July 21st National Be Someone Day

The idea of being someone is that the someone you become is someone who stands up against child abuse and neglect. It is an important someone who is thanked by Project Harmony who created the day. In a world where we have learned so much, gained so many abilities and have command of so many things at our fingertips, the idea that child abuse still exists is so sad. It is likely to be worse after these trying times and you have to think of yourself as the single force to stop it. If we all do that, maybe we can at least slow this sickness down though it’s unlikely we will ever be able to end it.

How to celebrate – If you suspect child abuse, report it. Treat your children as if they are the most important thing in your life because they are. Learn the warning signs of child abuse.

June 19th Father’s Day

Father’s Day, in some places better known as St. Joseph’s Day, was first thought of in the US by Grace Golden Clayton in December 1907 when she brought the idea up to her pastor.  Mother’s Day was already being celebrated and only seemed fair that there should be a day for Father’s as well. Fairmont, West Virginia celebrated the day on July 5th, 1908 with Grace and her church celebrating a “Day for Father”. It didn’t go over too well, it seems it conflicted with the celebration on July 4th, our Country’s birthday.

So Father’s Day disappeared for a while.  Sonora Smart Dodd brought the idea up again, placing the date on June 19th, 1910 in Spokane, Washington. It fared a little better but still did not take off until she brought in back in the 1930’s. Maybe it had something to do with the depression and people needing a reason to celebrate, or maybe it was because so many fathers were disappearing because they coud not deal with the pressures of having to take care of a family when they had no way to do it. It made those fathers that stuck it out seem all that much more valuable. Still, Congress refused to allow the holiday as a national celebration.

Then finally, in 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed Father’s Day as a national holiday to be celebrated by the entire country to honor their fathers.

Now I know fathers can be good, or bad, or even non-existent. I can only speak about my own father. My father has been an inspiration to me. He always seems to know the right thing to do, the right things to say and what is important. He is always there when I need him.  Whether I agreed with his opinion or not growing up, I felt the need to respect what he said. I have learned a lot of very valuable things from him.. it wasn’t math or science, reading or writing… it was about showing up, about standing up for people that could not stand up for themselves, and it was about listening.

A father doesn’t always say things but they nearly always do something. He doesn’t have to be a carpenter to build you a tree house. He doesn’t have to be a teacher to educate you. He just has to be there. Here’s to all the fathers that show up. Happy Father’s Day!

How to celebrate: Just spend some time with your dad or any other person you consider a father figure in your life. Buy him a gift that means something, not that just satisfies your need to give something. Take an interest in what your father does, even if it isn’t something you understand, after all, he’s done that for you all your lifetime.

May 1st Free Comic Book Day

Always the first Saturday in May, Free Comic Book Day was started by Joe Field of Flying Colors Comics in Concord, California in 2001 but did not officially get recognized until 2002. It is recognized by the North American Comic Book industry and has over 2,000 participant retailers in some 30 countries. The day is organized by Diamond Comic Distributors, the largest Comic Book distributor in the world. I don’t know if you have seen any of the more modern comic books but they certainly are more graphic in every way imaginable. I’m not sure if this is good or bad, the art work is fantastic, the message is often a bit more than children need to know. however, I sort of assume comic books aren’t for children anymore anyway.

How to celebrate – Go to your local comic book store and if they participate get a free comic. Compare the old comic books to the new ones. See if you can create your own comic book.

April 26th National Pretzel Day

Though the pretzel is often associated with German food, or snacks, it actually was created around 610 AD in Southern France by Catholic Monks. Some insist that pretzels first appeared in Italy, also made by Monks, who created them as treats for children who said their prayers. The original pretzels were designed to look like arms folded over the chest, as if saying prayers. Of course the Germans claim some credit for the first pretzel as well so about all we do know is that it was created in Europe, somewhere. The first pretzel in the United States was made by Julius Sturgis in 1850 at Lititz, Pennsylvania. While today has some listing a 1983 Pretzel Day we do know that Governor Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania made a pretzel holiday in 2003.

How to celebrate – Have a pretzel today. Learn how to make your own pretzel. Visit a German restuarant.

April 21st Kindergarten Day

Friedrich Frobel figured out in 1837 that children were going to do better at school if they were first introduced to a half day of what to expect, in a fun environment, a year before they were expected to become involved students. He, of course, was right… the only odd part of this is that it took so long for someone to figure it out! Frobel, born in 1782, was no youngster himself when he added the idea of kindergarten to the German educational system.

How to celebrate – Visit a kindergarten class. (Make sure to get permission first) Celebrate Frobel’s birthday, the reason we celebrate kindergarten day today. Try and find pictures of yourself in kindergarten.

April 18th Pet Owner’s Independence Day

Another odd holiday from the good people at Wellcat.com, created in 2002. The general idea is that anyone owning a pet can take today off , if they work, and spend it with their pet. Of course lately, we all have been spending more time with our pets since we have had to be at home more. I am not exactly sure what the Independence Day is all about? Maybe it’s because Pet Day was already taken. While it makes little, to no, sense to me… it’s okay. I love my pets and I am independent of them. (They do not influence my vote)

How to celebrate – Take your pet to lunch. Just make like it’s a regular day and give your pet all the love you can.