August 11th Son and Daughter Day

Most parents want to have a boy and a girl if they have two children, naturally they settle for (And love) whatever they get. And in a perfect world, we would probably like to get to experience having one of each, or more. Today we celebrate those families that have at least one son and one daughter. We should probably just call this children’s day because we don’t want to leave out those who have two girls or two boys or just one child. Of course you have all the non-binary associations today as well that even though you may have had a son and daughter born to you they may actually be neither!

How to celebrate – Let your children know you love them no matter who they are. Be proud of your children, most are doing their best. Celebrate your children everyday.

July 21st National Be Someone Day

Today is special, it’s about being a hero and you don’t need any super powers to do it. Learn how to spot child abuse before it is too late. You will be protecting children which is pretty heroic in itself. Child abuse can come from people you would never suspect, and sometime from people who don’t even mean to do it but for whatever reason can’t seem to control themselves, so they obviously need help. Considering a child looks to their parents, teachers and even friends parents for what is normal, they may not even realize their lives may be different because of those abusing them. Today was created by and sponsored by Project Harmony.

How to celebrate – Learn how to spot child abuse. Report child abuse even if you just suspect it, let the pros fund out if it is real or not. Support Project Harmony.

May 8th Mother’s Day

If you ever have owed anybody anything, it’s your mother! And on the second Sunday in May we have celebrated Mother’s Day since May 10th, 1908. (Which was honored first in Philadelphia) Mother’s are our care providers, friend, ally, chef, home keeper, cheerleader, well… practically everything to us. Yes, I know some are not as good as others but that goes with practically every one on the face of earth (And maybe beyond) Right, wrong or indifferent you would not be here if not for your mother.

How to celebrate – Be thankful for your mother. Take your mother to lunch. Spend time with them before they are lost to you.

April 2nd International Children’s Book Day

It’s Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday today! He was born back in 1805 and was one of most children’s favorite authors to read. It is always a great idea to get children to explore the world by reading what others have to write about. It can fill their days with education, entertainment and thought provoking ideas. Try downloading an e-book copy of “Why The Evergreens Stay Green”. It’s a heart-warming story about an Angel who has to find the perfect tree to build the cradle for Jesus.  Yes, it’s fiction, but it’s a fast read that may make you smile. https://www.amazon.com/Evergreens-Stay-Green-John-Olbert-ebook/dp/B01NCI7RAZ

How to celebrate – Take a child to the library. Encourage any children in your life to read. Read “Why The Evergreen’s Stay Green”.

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.