In 2012, the UN General Assembly declared the first World Fathers Day. Since then, it is held annually on June 1 to honor parent units around the world.
Being a parent is one of the most universal experiences, but it’s definitely not a walk in the park. On the one hand, it has its challenges long before children are born. With many complications from pregnancy, having a healthy parent is something to be thankful for. And while many of us didn’t appreciate being disturbed to clean our rooms, someone had to help us fight the dust bunny invasion. Honestly, if we had never learned to handle responsibilities as small as that, we would have no hope of facing the adult world. So let’s take this day to thank our first teachers and caregivers. And if you’re a father, pat yourself on the back (seriously).
HOW TO OBSERVE WORLD PARENT DAY
Read all about World Fathers Day
You don’t have to go far to learn more about this special day. There really are tons of good information on the UN website, so technically, you don’t have to get out of bed. Of course, we don’t recommend an all-day nap if you have small things like a job or children to worry about. But if surfing the internet isn’t enough, consider visiting your local library. Apparently, this parenting is a big problem.
Exchange your thoughts about parenting with others
Do you want to hear stories about what happens when you leave a child alone with a marker? We won’t spoil the end, but there’s no better day to find out than this. In addition to fun stories, you can also find some helpful tips. In fact, some of the best ideas come from your own parents. So when you stop by, don’t be afraid to ask for some secrets of the trade. If you’re not ready for that yet, at least try to get some cookies or some of the deal.
Watch a movie about parents and children.
It’s a family day and that means it’s time for a family movie. There is a wide variety of movies featuring parents and children. Whether it is science fiction, action, or drama, there is one thing you can be sure of: there will be a candid conversation (not “the conversation”) and it will give you a serious case of the sensations. What is special here is that whatever form it takes, a family remains a family. We think it is safe to say that the Lion King proved that a boar and a meerkat can be excellent guardians.
WHY GLOBAL PARENT DAY IS IMPORTANT
It reminds us to respect others.
One of the first things they teach us when we are children is to respect others, especially our elders (although, for some reason, many parents do not like to be called “elderly”). But respect is not only for those who are older than us. Regardless of age, it is something to be earned. Our parents have supported us through the ups and downs, all while dealing with their own personal problems (yes, parents have personal … strange lives). Needless to say, they deserve a little respect.
Encourage parents to take a more active role in parenting.
Time and again, research shows that children benefit from having parents who play an active role in their lives. It’s easy for fathers to stay out of focus and let mothers take care of the upbringing, but today is a reminder that a little interaction can go a long way. Politics and business may not be the best topics for conversation (assuming your kids can say those words to start with), but everyone understands a smile and a catch game.
It reinforces that supporting a home is a team game.
Parenting is really a team game. Even if you are a single parent, it doesn’t hurt to have a few boosters. But to form the best team, we must recognize that both men and women play an equal role. So whether the helping hands are spouses, friends, or relatives, everyone must divide time between being the breadwinner and the caregiver. Diaper work is very boring, but if you get very good with rock, paper, or scissors, you can avoid it most of the time (almost).