Happy Parents' Day
Sunday is Parents' Day in the United States. The annual observance began 12 years ago to pay tribute to all parents, grandparents and other caregivers who play the most central and formative role in a child's life.
Parenting is one of The Children's Movement of Florida's three key pillars.
In 1994, President Bill Clinton signed into law a resolution adopted by the US Congress to establish the fourth Sunday of every July as Parents' Day. According to the resolution, this special day was established for "recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children."
The day aims to encourage responsible parenting, which can be stressful, frustrating and confusing. Questions and concerns often arise, and it is important for every parent to have, if needed, trusted sources for the answers they need.
Such a resource already exists in Florida. The Children's Movement successfully advocated for the creation of a unique parent-resource network called Help Me Grow, which offers free help and information in a variety of areas through both 24-hour phone lines and the Internet. Help Me Grow is now in 27 counties, and The Movement is dedicated to getting it expanded to all 67 counties in the state.
There are many ways to observe Parents' Day, such as giving cards and flowers. But for many parents, a simple, unconditional "I love you" from their children is the best possible gift they can receive. It speaks to the bond that makes a family strong - a core society value.
To everyone responsible for teaching and nurturing the future of our state and country, The Children's Movement says thank you for all you do and happy Parents' Day 2016.