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.

July 16th Global Hug Your Kids Day

It seems odd to me that some days are created out of tragedy. Days that should come every day requiring no special holiday be created. Today was created by Michelle Nichols in 1998 for her son, Mark, who was dying from brain cancer. He was only 8 and a half years on this earth. In our daily grind, maybe sometimes we forget to stop and do the simplest things that really make life worthwhile. Like hugging your child.

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It doesn’t matter what you do to make a living, how much money you make or how important you are to the world… there is nothing more rewarding than hugging someone you brought to life. You can be the President of the United States or a homeless person roaming the streets, the hug is just as important both for the receiver and the giver. Who is, after all, more important than your child?

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The correct answer should be, has to be, your child. And giving them a hug is about as selfish as you can get because in reality, what you give will be returned ten fold. We all need hugs, it makes us feel wanted and needed and the reward is knowing that you mean enough to someone that they will hug you. And who more do you want to mean something to other than your child.

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So do something easy today that actually means something, hug your child. Let them know you love them, and let them show their love for you. It’s a win-win for everyone.

How to celebrate – Hug your kid.

 

March 16th Absolutely Incredible Kid Day

Today is the Absolutely Incredible Kid Day, founded by Campfire USA in 1997. It used to be the third Thursday of March but now seems to vary a bit. Meaning, I guess we lucked out by it falling on the third Thursday of the month!

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We all know kids are great! Mainly our own kids but all other kids come in a close second. They make us laugh, cry, and often serve as a mirror to other members of the family. My kid is, no doubt, the best kid in the world… though he is no longer considered a kid and I may be a little bias. They truly are a combination of being themselves, and who we have molded them into.

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They may be great thinkers, great athletes, funny, loving, weird, space cadets, political, handsome or beautiful. They are who we see them as. Each one as precious to us as they can be, often the reason we live and sometimes a vision of who we would like to have been ourselves. Whoever they are to you, they are your kid and always will be.

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Now there is a bit of confusion about the day because it has been brought to my attention that perhaps they meant an actual “kid”. Meaning, a young goat. Now, if you choose to celebrate a goat instead of your child well, that’s your choice.

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But if you do, you may have to have an entirely different scene of who your “kid” plays with.

How to celebrate – Look at your child for who they really are. Give your kid a hug. Let your child know just how special they are.

January 8th National Bubble Bath Day

If you like to get into a steamy hot tub of water and soap well today is your day! We celebrate Bubble Bath Day for all those who like to soak in the tub for hours. Now we all know kids love Bubble Baths, women tend to enjoy the Bubble Bath, and occasionally men even enjoy a soap delight.

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In the old days, baths were the accepted way to get clean. Not so much anymore as the shower has replaced it. Personally I am not a bath person. I do not understand being dirty, making up a bath of hot water and then sitting in it. Yes, it does relax you, but does it get you clean? After all, you are sitting in all that water that you just made dirty.

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Now I suppose you could take a shower first, then get in the tub, or get in the tub and then take a shower afterwards. Seems a little redundant. But if you consider that the bubble bath is not actually about getting clean, it’s about having fun and letting your muscles relax.

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It can be about other things too but we won’t go there. It’s bubble bath day, something we all have little time for but maybe should make time for! Remember how happy you were when you were a kid and it was bubble bath time? You forgot you were even taking a bath, it was all about the bubbles.

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How to celebrate – Take a Bubble Bath! Share your bubble bath! Don’t forget to include your very best friend… your rubber ducky.