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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s the little things in life that we often find we miss most when they are no longer available. That is the reason why we have to take advantage of them while we can. Today was created by Michelle Nicholes after she had the opportunity to hug her child one more time before he was gone. He died at 8 and 1/2 years old of cancer. It’s not fair but it happens. So you take advantage of every day you have with someone because you never know if it might be your last. It would be nice to have your last memory of them as an expression of love rather than pain. If your children are young, it’s pretty easy to get a hug, when they get older it’s more difficult. Take the time to give them a hug while you still can… because you never know.
How to celebrate – Hug your kids. Hug someone you love. Hug your pets.
Okay, so I am writing this blog in the US but that does not mean we can’t celebrate days from other countries, particularly one we are so close to! It is National Tell A Story Day in Scotland and the rest of the UK.
True, we do have our own Tell A Story Day here in the US but you really cannot get too many days where you tell a story to someone. I do, however, suggest avoid telling the “Hamilton” story in the UK. Even though he was sort of a Brit, they do not feel exactly the same as we do about his story.
There are plenty of other stories to tell. They can be fiction, non-fiction or whatever you feel most comfortable with. If you can’t find anyone to tell the story to, you can try telling it to your dog… but don’t expect them to stick around to the end unless you have a lot of treats.
It’s best to try and find a captive audience, at least when you start it. If you are a good story teller, you will capture their attention once you’ve gotten started, it’s the beginning that’s a little rough. The movie industry learned this the hard way. So today they like to start off with a lot of explosions and controversial scenes so people will stick around to hear the rest of the story.
Or maybe just find a child to read to, most love to hear a good story and like spending time with their parents, teachers and people they know. They will believe nearly anything you tell them so make sure it is a story worth hearing. And naturally, today you need to speak with a British or Scottish accent to honor the day in the UK.
How to celebrate – Find a story to tell somebody. Make up a story to tell somebody. Visit England/Scotland and have someone tell you a story today.