This Sunday, June 1, has officially been declared the Global Day of Parents by the United Nations. The holiday, which has been celebrated around the world since 2012 honors parents "for their selfless commitment to children and their lifelong sacrifice towards nurturing this relationship."
By setting aside this special day to honor and appreciate parents, the U.N. noted that "the family has the primary responsibility for the nurturing and protection of children and that children, for the full and harmonious development of their personality, should grow up in a family environment and in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding."
Kind of a cool idea isn't it? It's a day not only celebrating mothers and fathers but acknowledging the hugely important role that all parents play in the lives of their children. "Parents are the anchors of the family and the foundation of our communities and societies," says the website.
It's like a giant pat on the back to every parent who has ever stayed up late to read just one more story, or work on a science fair project, or place a cool washcloth on a feverish forehead. To every parent who has woken up early to make smiley face pancakes, or shopped for classroom party supplies on their lunch break. To every parent who has made the tough choice to be a parent rather than a friend to their kids. Because these are the things that give your kid an amazing childhood. Not your house size, and certainly not your bank account.
And they are also the things that make our world a happier, healthier place for all kids to grow up.
So go ahead and celebrate your day this Sunday. Whether you've been a parent for one year or for 60, celebrate every smile, every tear, every sleepless night, and every hug.
Happy Global Parents Day!