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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to celebrate – Take a Bubble Bath! Share your bubble bath! Don’t forget to include your very best friend… your rubber ducky.
I cannot imagine the feeling of knowing your child is missing. The horror of not knowing they are safe or not, not knowing whether they are being treated badly or not, the not knowing if they are still alive or not. You already know they aren’t safe, you already know they are being treated badly, that just leaves the last one, something far too unimaginable to even fathom.
Have you ever lost sight of your child? Just for a moment? At a mall or a department store, on a playground or at a school function? It’s terrifying. When you do find them then the anger sets in that they would wander away from you but there is also that relief factor that they are safe and sound, that you found them or they found you.
You just turn your back for a second and they are gone. They don’t really know the difference but so much can happen in those few seconds. Somewhere around 50,000 children are abducted every year by non-family members. For the most part that means there are 50,000 sickos out there that take them, probably many more that are not successful.
The missing children’s organization was started back in the 1970’s, it took on more serious roles in the 1980’s and was finally proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan on May 25th, 1983. Approximately 20% of those missing children are never found, some are found but after it’s too late.
I guess, from what I see, this is nothing new. It seems to have been a part of our history since the beginning of time. But why can’t we find a way to stop it? Why should any adult who steals a child from their family, steals a child’s innocence and steals a child’s life be allowed to live?
How to celebrate – Always keep you child, children, in sight. Make sure your child is registered with one of the safe children’s programs. Make sure you keep a current photo of you child on hand just in case.
Since 1837 people have found the benefit of sending their children to Kindergarten, whether it is to get them started early in their social development, a jump start on their educational requirements or because in today’s world so many people have to work to pay the bills, Kindergarten has now become a requirement.
Frederich Froebel started Kindergartens in Germany. is idea was getting children acclimated to going to school. At first it was just for a half day as he did not want to tax the children, forcing them to grow up faster than they would without school. Through many mother’s tears, the idea has caught on even adding Pre-K to many school across the United States.
There is little doubt that children do benefit from the earlier exposure to the world. They normally become more challenged and definitely are able to blend into first grade without the same stress. It allows the expectation for children to learn faster and retain more since they have had that extra year, or two, in the system.
But there are risks involved too. Children become more independent often leading to other issues later on and children not ready to meet the demands of Kindergarten are labeled. Every child has their own personality and abilities. Some are ready at the age of 5 to begin their introduction to society, others take longer. And some meet friends that they will keep for the rest of their lives. Each child needs to be evaluated on their own skill level but over-all, Kindergarten provides children with the chance to grow faster, learn more and the ability to blend in to society.
How to celebrate – If you have a child in Kindergarten, spend a little time volunteering there to help. Remember your days in Kindergarten, if you can remember that far back. If you have a child in Kindergarten make sure to take plenty of pictures , you will never have these days again.
There are numerous dangers we all face everyday. Driving down the highway, flying, eating at a diner…but perhaps none more dangerous than turning your kitchen over to your children. There is no telling what they might do, what they might come up with or what you might be forced to taste out of your deep love for your children.
Then again, you might be pleasantly surprised. Cooking has become a recognized art of its own these days. Children are learning younger and younger what foods generally go together and their inquisitive minds seem to allow them to create concoctions that are palatable if not actually good. Oh sure, maybe there will be a little too much jelly or way too much peanut butter, but maybe they will experiment by adding potato chips or jelly beans or even… bananas!
Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day was created by the YCA, Young Chefs Academy, to empower kids and teens to become more actively involved in the planning, preparations and cooking of meals.
Of course, proper supervision is suggested in any activity children are involved with. Where knives and fire are concerned something might otherwise get cut or burnt that is not intended to be a part of your meal. But give the kids a chance, they might come up with something good!
How to celebrate – Sit down and help your child plan a meal. Take your child to the grocery store and let them, help them, pick out the ingredients they will need. Plan to get the entire family around the table to enjoy the final product. It will give you child the reward they need to move on and it creates a great family moment.