National Kids Day: Celebrating Children

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For decades, children across the United States asked their family members why Americans celebrate “Mother’s Day” and “Father’s Day,” but not “Kid’s Day.” Well, National KidsDay─observed on August 7─fills that gap while reminding us of children’s year-round need for meaningful time and interactions with adults.
National KidsDay was created in 1994 by KidsPeace, a 127 year old national children’s charity, to encourage parents and caregivers to take time from their busy schedules and “make a date” with their kids to do something that builds bonds, trust, love and growth for the future.

Because many families lead busy lives─often with both parents working full time─it may seem like just getting through chores and homework consumes most of your time together. However, summer is an ideal opportunity to share more quality moments since days are longer, kids have more relaxed schedules, and there’s no stress around homework.

The good news is that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to make kids happy. The real wealth for them is your time and devoted attention. How can you celebrate this special day? How about something as simple as taking a walk, going to a favorite park, having a picnic, planting flowers together, cooking up a special dinner, or baking some banana bread with those overripe bananas? Feeling ambitious? Throw a party!

Since the new school year is looming, you can also create some fun out of preparing children for their new academic endeavors. Most kids love shopping for school supplies. You can also check out some new, more challenging books from the library and read together, and/or explore some educational games on line. Even setting up a new study area or organizing clothes for school can be fun when you collaborate with little ones in good cheer.

While many families are more lax with bedtime and regular meals during summer vacation, you’ll do kids a favor by subtly resuming a school-friendly routine in advance. Easing back gently into set meal times and a normal “lights out” is far more palatable for kids than abrupt changes.

Finally, consider a “last hurrah” before school starts. This could be anything from a Disneyland trip to a special day of fun close to home. Just mark the occasions so you can relish your great summer together while also looking forward to an exciting school year. Here’s to the kids!

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