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The True Meaning Behind Parents’ Day

Did you know that Parents’ Day promotes diversity and religious freedom? Keep reading to learn the true purpose of Parents’ Day and how you can celebrate!

Many Americans do not know the true history behind Parents’ Day and believe that it is just another holiday crafted to promote spending and gift-giving. The purpose of this national holiday is much deeper, aiming to strengthen our communities and country.

What is Parents’ Day?

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.” 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 traditional, two-parent family.

Parents’ Day is a time for every religion and race across the country to come together to support the family. Our culture emphasizes self-gratification, which is the opposite of parenthood. Parenthood requires selfless, unconditional love. Parents’ Day aims to promote the need for responsible parenting and a commitment to the family.

How Do I Celebrate?

The National Parents’ Day Coalition invites all people of faith and conscience to join together in celebrating and promoting the family. The Coalition strives to educate couples in becoming more successful in establishing stable, loving families and promoting parenting as the most important job they will ever have.

Every year the Parents’ Day Council hosts a, “Parents of the Year” award at local, state, and national levels. Individuals selected for this honor exemplify the standard and idea of positive parenthood. If you have parents that exemplify qualities of sacrificial love, nominate them for the award! A great way to promote parenthood is by acknowledging positive examples.

If you have amazing parents in your life, thank them for everything they have done for you. Celebrate the special bond you have with your parents by spending time together. If you can’t be with your parents, send your love with a beautiful flower arrangement and a meaningful card message. Maybe you don’t have both parents in your life but have someone that has served as a positive role model for you. Thank them for guiding you and being there for you.

This year Parents’ Day falls on Sunday, July 24. Don’t miss your opportunity to thank your parents. If you can’t be with them, send your love and thoughts with a flower arrangement crafted by a local florist. Parenting is a tough job, it takes sacrifice and dedication. Saying thank you to your parents for their commitment and love will mean the world to them.

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