How are babies made? Whether you were delivered by the stork or not is irrelevant. The truth is your parents or parent raised you. No doubt, we’ve all heard of and celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day in some guise or another, Parents’ Day is slightly different. It shines the spotlight on the selfless sacrifices that parent’s make in nurturing and rearing healthy children. Although the United Nations declare 01 June as official Global Day of Parents, it is celebrated in various forms around the world on different days in July. The most notable being in the United States which falls on the last Sunday of July every year.
It might seem redundant to some but not to us at Cellnutrition. The traditional family system is starting to evolve. Parents are no longer only considered to be birth mothers and fathers but anyone who plays a pivotal role in a child’s life by establishing solid, positive belief systems, sacrificial and unconditional love.
It was celebrated American educator Rita F. Pierson, who said, “Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can be.” We couldn’t agree more with Rita. Parents aren’t only birth mothers and fathers anymore. We celebrate and thank any caregiver who goes above and beyond to raise the next generation with solid morals and beliefs for a better, kinder, more compassionate and understanding world.
Writer Deborah Harkness wrote, “All that children need is love, a grown-up to take responsibility for them, and a soft place to land.” This begs the question, what do Parents need to do just that?
It was former US President Bill Clinton who signed a congressional resolution that stimulates people, communities, companies and organisations as well as all levels of government to support parents in raising children properly. The first Parent Day in the USA was celebrated in 1995.
According to the United Nations, Parents bear the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the anchors of the family and the foundation of our communities and societies, parents have the responsibility of sheltering their families from harm, caring for out-of-school children and, at the same time, continuing their work responsibilities. Without support from parents, children’s health, education and emotional well-being is at risk. By introducing family-friendly workplace policies and practices, companies and organisations will be in a better position to promote children’s safety and wellbeing and provide systematic support to employees.
Cellnutrition applauds all Parents this Parents’ Day and looks to an African proverb to remind us all that we are all Parents in some way or another if we allow ourselves to be. “It takes a village to raise child”. Whether you are a mother, father, family unit, carer, godfather or godmother, family member or even neighbour extending a helping hand, we salute you.