In 1994 President Bill Clinton signed into law the resolution unanimously adopted by the U. S. Congress establishing the fourth Sunday of every July as Parents’ Day, a perennial day of commemoration similar to Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. According to the Congressional Resolution, Parents’ Day is established for “recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children.” *Text of Legislation Creating National Parents’ Day (House Joint Resolution 398)
In every culture and time period, the family has stood as the most fundamental human institution. Family is the starting point of life. The most powerful of human bonds is the parent-child relationship. Commitment to family has always been a core value.
Tragically, however, as our nation struggles with the effects of family breakdown, youth violence and a host of other critical problems, more and more voices are calling for a re-examination of our priorities and fundamental values. Too often we have let other concerns take precedence over our responsibilities as parents. Yet is there any more important calling than that of nurturing and raising a child?
Unfortunately, our popular culture over the past several decades has emphasized self-fulfillment and self-gratification. Such focus on the self runs counter to the essence of parenthood, which fundamentally involves unconditional true love. Parents’ Day provides an opportunity to recognize and promote parenting as a central vocation for our families and communities. More than just a time to celebrate, it is an occasion to make a statement about what is important in our society. It is a chance to create a positive tradition based on a core axiom – that the role of parents is crucial in the nurturing and development of children, and thus requires investment, focus, and commitment. *Text of Legislation Creating National Parents’ Day (House Joint Resolution 398)
The establishment of Parents’ Day was the result of a bipartisan, multiracial and interfaith coalition of religious, civic and elected leaders who recognized the need to promote responsible parenting in our society and to uplift ideal parental role models, especially for our nation’s children. Since the creation of this annual day of commemoration, local faith communities, elected officials and activists throughout the nation have creatively launched many activities around the theme of Parents’ Day designed to celebrate and strengthen the family. “The National Parents’ Day Council does not envision Parents’ Day to be yet “another” day to honor parents, but rather a day when parents honor their children and the God-centered family ideal by rededicating themselves to manifest the highest standard of unconditional true love.” (Taken from http://www.parentsday.com/about)
The establishment of Parents’ Day affords a wonderful opportunity to honor exemplary parents and to encourage families everywhere to invest in our most precious resource—our children. Kappa Delta Pi applauds all parents and supports teachers as they work with parents to make the lives and futures of students safer, more secure, and brighter.
To learn more about Parents’ Day, go to www.parentsday.com
Other countries celebrate Parents’ Day on other days. South Korea celebrates on May 8. The United Nations proclaimed June 1 to be the Global Day of Parents “to appreciate all parents in all parts of the world for their selfless commitment to children and their lifelong sacrifice towards nurturing this relationship”. It is the same day as International Children’s Day.