August 11 is Son and Daughter Day, a day for parents to show their love and appreciation for their children.
While the origins of this unofficial holiday are a mystery, it is clear that the anonymous creators of Son and Daughter Day wanted parents to acknowledge the joy their children bring into their lives.
The bond between parents and their sons and daughters is a very special one. It endures age and distance. No matter how old a person gets, their parents still see him or her as a child - someone to protect and to shower love on. So, take this day to tell your sons and daughters how much they mean to you and that you respect them and love them.
How to Celebrate?
If you have young kids, take them on a fun outing to let them know you care about them.
Give your kids a big hug in the morning and tell them how much you love them.
Make them a special meal and let them eat treats reserved for special days.
Don’t have kids? Shower your affection on your nieces or nephews if you have any. If you don’t, what about making it a special day for your pet? After all, they are like your kids, no?
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Did You Know...
...that the concept of childhood as a phase in life where children need the protection and nurturing of their parents and other adults came about in the 16th century? Before this, children were seen as miniature and incomplete version of adults.