What is National Parents Day and Where Did It Come From?
In 1998 President Bill Clinton declared every 4th Sunday of July to be a day for “recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children.” This day was created to link the past and the present and to share the values of family and community. With the thought of nurturing our children to be contributing participants in society, the Clinton Administration was dedicated to improving the lives of families and demonstrated that commitment by observing this day. The establishment of Parents Day was the result of a bipartisan, multiracial, and interfaith coalition of religious, civic, and elected leaders who recognized the need to promote responsible child-rearing in our society and to recognize parent role models, especially for our nation’s children.
What Do I Do on Parents Day?
If you are truly blessed to be a parent and to have your parents in your life, here are five ideas on how to celebrate and share family values through traditions.
- Family Breakfast
A great way to bring people together is over the most important meal of the day — breakfast! Even if some of the family members are night owls, adapting this practice into a brunch/early lunch would enable all to take part.
Experimenting with dishes of your heritage can be a fun twist, in place of the standard eggs and bacon. Try visiting an “Old World” village or any ethno-centric market to experience the rich variety of selections they carry.
- Family Traditions
Are there any traditions your parents found meaningful in their childhood that they have not continued to practice with you? Ask them. Oftentimes, we get so busy and carried away with the routines of our everyday lives, we forget the unique activities that make our families stand out. Also, bringing back memorable activities from our parent’s youth or reviving a bucket list of things to do could form the foundation of new family traditions that create deeper bonds built on common experiences. Starting new traditions together can be a lot of fun!
- Memory/Photo Book
Collecting and sharing libraries of treasured family photos could be a tradition that is carried from one generation to the next. Many families have shoe boxes full of old film strips or photos that can be organized (by year, month, location, event, milestone, family members, etc.). While organizing the photos and threading people’s lives and events together, families reminisce about their ancestors, heritage, and life stories. Families gain insight into the family history and come to understand themselves even better in the process. Occasionally, little-known nuggets of information are discovered that cause us to laugh, cry, or raise our eyebrows in wonder or bewilderment. All of these experiences add to the lore that bind families together.
- Ask About the Most Senior Person’s Childhood and What Their Parents Were Like
Many people do not talk about their childhood simply because they are not asked about it. I know my father is like that. Raised on a farm in Iowa, his upbringing was much different than mine growing up in Huntington Beach, California. Many tales of my father’s farm life would be lost if I had not asked him about them. Luckily, my father’s memory of his daily routines and adventures as a 12-year old are still vivid today. I am very glad that I can pass his memories on to my own children.
Ask what your parents were like and what they remember about their childhood. Did they spend a lot of time washing clothes on a washboard by hand because they didn’t have a washing machine? What was Huntington Beach like in the 1950’s, 1970’s, or even 1990’s — before the city had all these homes? What did your parents and their friends do for fun versus what your grandparents and their friends did for fun? You may be surprised at what you learn and find yourself with a different perspective of your parents and grandparents.
- Talk About What It Means to Be a Member of Your Family
Sharing values and passing along traditions is what Parents Day is about. What does it mean to be a member of your family? When people talk about you, as a family unit, of what are you proud? What do you want people to know about your family?
All my life, my dad taught me about the importance of having integrity. He would always say, “Doing the right thing is always the right choice.” Talk about what makes your family different. The distinguishing characteristics may have to do with things like having an overt sense of humor, a reserved demeanor, an intellectual curiosity, affectionate mannerisms, athletic abilities, an entrepreneurial bend, or an affinity for performing arts. What words describe your family?
How Does Assistance In Home Care Honor Its Family?
At Assistance In Home Care, our goal is to take care of all our clients just as we would care for a member of our own family. We truly believe that our family includes all our office staff as well as our 80+ caregivers and our clients. As far as we are concerned, we are one very big family.
The owner, Ramona, is dedicated to nurturing an open and caring environment. She started this company because her brother was not receiving proper care and, when reflecting on his unfortunate passing, she realized she did not want any family to have the trying experience she had with her brother’s caregivers. Since opening the company, she has cared for her father, father-in-law, aunts, uncles, and many of dear friends’ parents. Through all these experiences, Ramona, developed a deep compassion for those who need quality caregivers to help them live as full a life as possible in the comfort and enjoyment of their own homes.
In the past 12 years, Assistance In Home Care has cared for more than 1,200 clients — all with the premise that everyone be treated like family. Ramona sincerely feels that it is truly an honor to be in our clients’ lives when they are in need.
We are blessed with the opportunity to help families and individuals in their homes. As much as possible, we include our clients’ families in the decision-making process, but the overriding goal is to take excellent care of our clients.
Each person’s background is different, but common among everyone is that their parents, by definition, gave life. Moreover, parents gave all they could to raise and clothe us. They also provided us with food, shelter, and a safe environment, while also supporting us emotionally and physically. Being a parent is much more than having a child, it is raising an individual to become a responsible and contributing member of society.
We should all be eternally grateful for our parents giving us life. Everyone at Assistance In Home Care is grateful for the gift of life from their mothers and fathers. It is our honor and desire to be in our clients’ homes to help. We select for and promote this mindset and expectation throughout the company. It is the central theme of our company culture.
If you hear of anyone who needs assistance in their home with daily tasks to keep up their household or to attend to their personal care (such as bathing, dressing, toileting, eating, medicating, keeping appointments, shopping, etc.), please do not hesitate to get in touch with Assistance In Home Care.