October 28th Plush Animal Lover’s Day

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love Plush Toys. Naturally if there are thousands of them in your house laying all over the place they can be annoying but still… you got to love them. They are friends to a lot of kids, they make the child feel relaxed and they will often talk to a stuffed animal when they won’t to an adult. Plush is, of course, a brand name. But it’s hard to deny that they have created a product that has many uses and nearly all of them are good. Do you name your plush toys? Do you give them a personality? Do you think they can hear you when you talk to them? Maybe they can hear you…

How to celebrate – Buy a Plush Stuffed Animal. Make sure your stuffed animal gets a lot of sun. Make a Plush Stuffed Animal a friend.

August 12th Middle Child’s Day

Life is rough if you happen to be the middle child of the family. Well, not really but let’s pretend like it is. Often considered the “forgotten” child, the middle child supposedly suffers from the hand-me-downs of the older child and all the attention going to the youngest child. There is probably a portion of truth to the “Middle Child Syndrome” but I think that also has many different factors that can come into play. I am a middle child, but I have two sisters and being the only boy I never really suffered from any of those things middle children complain of.

How to celebrate – Be proud of being a middle child. Show your middle child some special love today. Look at all the things you receive as a child, not what you didn’t get.

August 11th Son And Daughter Day

If you look at the “Perfect” family it would contain a mother and father, son and daughter. Of course, “perfect” is in the eye of the beholder and doesn’t really exist. Father’s often want a son so they can teach them the things they know while women want a girl so they can dress them up and relive some of their own youth through them. It’s odd then to think, that girls often become the apple of daddy’s eye while boys tend to lean towards their moms. It’s just nature, both the way things work out and the expectation we have. It doesn’t really matter, children are children and they deserve equal attention from both parents.

How to celebrate – Take your children to lunch, no matter how old or young they are. Find things you can do with both your son and daughter at the same time. Realize that what ever makeup your family is, it is perfect.

June 19th National Flip Flop Day

June 19th National Flip Flop Day

If you visit the beach a Flip Flop is a necessity! They are easy to wear, keep your feet cool, and make a fashion statement. They can also provide assistance to sick children… the day was created by Tropical Smoothie Café in 2007 to support Camp Sunshine where sick children can have some fun while still being monitored from whatever illness they suffer from. The day has already raised millions of dollars for Camp Sunshine and is always held on the 3rd Friday in June.

How to celebrate – Wear flip flops and donate to Camp Sunshine. Visit a Tropical Smoothie Café. Locate Camp Sunshine a volunteer to help.

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.

July 28th National Parent’s Day

Today we celebrate parents. Those who guide us and help us achieve our goals. Are they perfect? Is anyone perfect? Since no two people are the same it is impossible to take others experiences and say they have all the answers. Parents don’t either but they try, bending themselves to help us become the people we are. No one knows exactly who created today, some think it was a candy company to sell more products but it is not Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, it is a day to recognize all of what our parents do for us and as individuals themselves. Bill Clinton proclaimed the day in 1994, the 4th Sunday of July. It is a time to honor our parents for doing the best they could and recognizing that we are better for it.

How to celebrate – Take your parents to lunch if you are lucky enough to still have them. List all the things you can remember that you know your parents did for you. Do a family tree.

July 15th Global Hug Your Kid Day

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.

October 17th National Take Your Parents To Lunch Day

October 17th Take Your Parents To Lunch Day

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How many times in your life have your parents taken you to lunch? If you count back to when you were a child, it’s probably a lot! Well today is your chance to pay hem back a little. It’s also a chance to catch up a little and let them know you care. It doesn’t have to be fancy, in fact your parents would probably prefer something cheaper because they want you to save that money. And in the end, you may actually get more out of the lunch than they do.

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How to celebrate – Take your parents to lunch today. Make a picnic lunch today for your parents. Make lunch a surprise, take your parents someplace they’ve never been to today.

September 25th National Comic Book Day

Comic Books have been around for as long as I can remember, and even longer! They have been both entertaining and educational for children (And sometimes adults). Over the last few years they have become so popular that they are being turned into movies. Though many, like Superman, have been on tv for decades.

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The first official comic book was Obadiah Oldbuck which came out in 1837. It was actually the Adventures of Mr. Obadiah Oldbuck, which wasn’t an instant hit but started catching on in America around 1847.

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In my day, as a child, Classics Illustrated were the hot ticket on the market. 66 were made in all and they were illustrated version of classic books, made so children could be exposed to what the adults were reading. To me, these comics were the absolute best. The artwork was superior and the stories, of course, classics.

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Of course today, Marvel is on the top of the list. There is nothing real, or even really human, in their comics… but I suppose for kids that’s good. The thing I liked about Classics Illustrated was that you stood a chance to actually become one of the heroes, in Marvel’s you don’t. Oh well.

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Still, comic books help to pass the time and they do get kids reading. And who knows, with the way things are going, maybe they really can become a Mutant Ninja Turtle!

How to celebrate – Read a comic book. See if you saved any of your comic books, they could be worth a small fortune! See how many Marvel heroes you can name.