While Americans are known to celebrate all sorts of occasions, today is all about those special people in our lives that raise us, give us unconditional love and support us throughout our lifetime. Today is National Parents’ Day.
In 1994, President Bill Clinton signed bill 103-362 info law, officially establishing the fourth Sunday in July as National Parents’ Day.
“All private citizens, organizations, and governmental and legislative bodies at the local, State, and Federal level are encouraged to recognize Parents’ Day through proclamations, activities, and educational efforts in furtherance of recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of their children.”
When is National Parents’ Day?
- July 22, 2012
- July 28, 2013
- July 27, 2014
- July 26, 2015
Helpful Parenting Resources
- Helping Your Child Do Well in School
- Parents – This helpful website provides a plethora of information, family fun, recipes and more.
- PBS Parents – Find information on children development, early learning, helpful parenting tools, educational games and activities. Be sure to sign up for the free PBS Parents Newsletter too.
- Psychology Today – Let’s face it. Being a parent is the hardest, most challenging job there is. Get a little help with this website.
- Berkeley Parents Network – This website contains “thousands of pages of recommendations and advice” for parents.
- College Bound – Helpful information for parents with college-aged kids.
20 Sentimental Sayings & Quotes About Parents:
- “Parents are not interested in justice; they are interested in quiet”. – Actor/comedian Bill Cosby
- “We never know the love of our parents for us till we have become parents.” – Henry Ward Beecher
- “Most children threaten at times to run away from home. This is the only thing that keeps some parents going!” – Comedienne Phyllis Diller
- “I don’t think my parents liked me. They put a live teddy bear in my crib”. – Actor/director Woody Allen
- “Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children, and no theories.” – John Wilmot
- “Your children need your presence more than your presents.” – Reverend Jesse Jackson
- “When I was a kid, my parents moved a lot, but I always found them.” – Comedian Rodney Dangerfield
- “Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you”. – Robert Fulghum
- “The child supplies the power, but the parents have to do the steering.” – Dr. Benjamin Spock
- “If you have never been hated by your child you have never been a parent.” – Actress Bette Davis
- “Every day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” – Charles R. Swindoll
- “When you have a child yourself, you begin to understand what you owe your parents.” – Japanese Proverb
- “Children are a great comfort in your old age – and they help you reach it faster, too.” – Lionel Kauffman
- “Although there are many trial marriages… there is no such thing as a trial child”. – Gail Sheehy
- “The problem with children is that you have to put up with their parents”. – Charles DeLint
- “There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.” – Chinese Proverb
- “You see much more of your children once they leave home.” – Actress Lucille Ball
- “Never raise your hand to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected”. – Actor Red Buttons
- “When my kids become wild and unruly, I use a nice, safe playpen. When they’re finished, I climb out.” Author Erma Bombeck
- “Parents who are afraid to put their foot down usually have children who step on their toes.” – Chinese Proverb
In honor of National Parents’ Day, why not do something special for those very special people who raised you? If you can’t remember the last time you told your parents how much you love and appreciate them, today is the perfect day.