May 1st International Mother Goose Day

Who of us hasn’t spent some time with Mother Goose? Stories like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Little Red Riding Hood, created back in the 1650’s have become a part of our lives. They more than likely were stories handed down over the centuries before someone finally wrote them down. I am sure they have been altered some from the when the stories were first told but, like nearly any form of art, they have probably been made better by the edits. The day was created by Gloria T. DeLamar after publishing her own version of Mother Goose.

How to celebrate – Re-read Mother Goose. Dress up like Mother Goose and read stories to children. Start a Mother Goose club.

April 29th World Wish Day

April 29th World Wish Day

World Wish Day started as a wish made by Chris Greicius in 1980. It didn’t take long for Make-A-Wish to form and answer the wishes on 30,000 children worldwide every year. Today is often thought of as a sad day, when we realize that those children across the world might not live to see any of their wishes come true. But in a way, it should be a happy day when we are able to provide a wish to a child they might not otherwise see. Most of the wishes are fairly simple and can be provided with a little effort. Who isn’t worth that? So make today a good day for someone, help make their wish come true.

How to celebrate – Donate to the Make-A-Wish  Foundation. Help make a wish come true. Review all the wishes Make-A-Wish has helped come true.

April 21st Kindergarten Day

If you can remember your days in Kindergarten you are probably a lot younger than I. For most of history, children stayed at home until 1st grade, actually they stayed at home and learned from mom and dad (Normally mom). In 1837, Friedrich Froebel figured out that it was better to start educating children early and introduced Kindergarten in Germany. It proved to be far better for children (And mom too!). It is surprising how much Kindergarten teaches children, beyond the obvious, it also teaches children social skills that helps them everyday of their lives. We celebrate today on Froebel’s birthday, April 21st, 1782.

How to celebrate – Visit your old Kindergarten class. (If the school still exists!) Volunteer at your local kindergarten (They can use the help) Look back at photos of when you were in kindergarten.

March 23rd National Puppy Day

Puppies are great! So full of energy and cute, they remind us of all the good things in life. Yes they have their accidents and tear a few things up they shouldn’t but for most of us, that’s just a part of loving them. When you look in their eyes they show the love they have for everyone and everything, they are only taught to fear and distrust people by what people do to them. Puppies are still learning and for the most part do want to please their masters. But they are kids and have to rebel at least a little. And just like children, enjoy them while you can because they do grow up fast. The nice thing about that is, then you have the best friend in life you could ever have.

How to celebrate – Get a puppy. Learn what kind of dog is good for your life style. Take plenty of pictures!

March 19th Absolutely Incredible Kid Day

Created by Campfire USA in 1997, the 3rd Thursday of March, today is the day to honor your incredible kid. Of course what makes your child incredible will differ from what makes another child incredible. Only you can determine that. And we all like to brag about our children and naturally they all excel at something different. I think that sometimes we are disappointed that they do not go after the things that we feel are important or that drive us to excel, but that’s okay, let them find their own place in this world. We can still support them, be proud of them, and they will always be our absolutely incredible kid.

How to celebrate – Look for the good in your children, don’t try to make them a mini you. Realize other people’s children are equally as talented as yours. Take your kid to lunch today.

December 8th International Children’s Day

There are numerous days throughout the year that we celebrate children, and well we should. We were once children ourselves, we should remember what we liked, wanted and needed and then give that back just as our parents did. Today was started by UNICEF and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences to honor children and “Tune in to” the needs of children everywhere. It always falls on the 2nd Sunday of December, just before Christmas so that all religions can take part in celebrating the day with their children. We can never give too much to our children, they are the future and what we leave the world when we are no longer a part of it.

How to celebrate – Celebrate all children, everywhere. Take your children out to play. Share your childhood with your children.

November 23rd National Adoption Day

We celebrate, and challenge, you to adopt someone new into your family. It is an important day to think about and maybe even act on. There are thousands of children that have no home to go to. Can you imagine having no place to go or to have no one care about what you do? It’s bad enough for adults but for children it’s even worse. Today always falls on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, maybe in the hopes that you will set a new place at your Thanksgiving table for someone who has no place to go. Since it’s followed by Christmas, why not let them stay over? You might just find out that the biggest reward is not in what you offer, but what you receive.

How to celebrate – Consider adoption. Make someone’s life better. Look for the good in people.

November 12th Young Reader’s Day

Just like with vegetables, as we get older we tend to appreciate things a little more. Books fall into that category as well. As a child we have so many things to do, most of which are useless, that we don’t get around to the things that are important. Reading is very important, it can take us places we might not ever get a chance to go, learn things that everyday life does not teach us and be entertained at the same time. The idea is to get kids to read so that by the time they grow up, they have a better foundation to make a better life for themselves. The day was created by Pizza Hut and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. A book is a treasure, just like those treasure buried by pirates, and often worth much more!

How to celebrate – Read a book with your child. Take your child to a library. Read a book yourself.

August 12th National Middle Child’s Day

If you have ever been stuck in the middle of anything it’s often not very pleasant. To be the middle child is no exception. Parents are often very cautious with their first child, learning what to do and what not to do and doting on them when they really didn’t need to. When it comes to the second child, well they have learned and are less concerned with the daily activities, knowing better what worked the first time and what didn’t. By the time the third child has come along, generally speaking the parents have aged and the third child represents the end of the immediate family and are once again overly attentive. The middle child misses out on all that unintended lack of attention. It’s good and bad getting all those hand me downs and the lack of restrictions that are often seen as caring. It’s not true, but that is what is often makes the middle child feel less important.

How to celebrate – Make sure your middle child feels special today. If you have a daughter first, don;t hand down their old clothes to your second if hey are a boy. Reverse the order of your children from time to time, just for fun.

August 11th National Son’s And Daughter’s Day

No it’s not their birthdays, unless their birthday happens to be today, this is a day to celebrate that you have a son or daughter, or both, just because they are there. At first your children need you because well, someone has to take care of them, then they resent you because, well… someone has to take care of them. Then the day comes when hopefully, your children just want to spend time with you, not because you are cool (because we all know you aren’t) but just… because. Today is your chance to honor them for who they are, who they will be or even who they might become. Expect them to be different than you, and that may be a good thing.

How to celebrate – Take your children to lunch. Save photos of your children as they grow. Find some common interest to share with you children.