National Children’s Day
Every year on the second Sunday in June, the United States commemorates National Children’s Day. It will be on June 12 this year. The day allows normally busy parents to spend time with their children and teach them the value of spending quality time together. The day also raises awareness to less fortunate children who may not have the same opportunities that we do. It’s also a day to raise awareness for the many youngsters in our society who may be dealing with mental or physical health concerns and have no one to turn to.
National Children’s Day In History
National Children’s Day has been observed in the United States since the 1800s; however the date and day have changed throughout time. The dates of celebration have changed every year since 1857.
Children’s Day was originally observed in 1857 on the second Sunday in June, and was given the name Rose Day by Reverend Dr. Charles Leonard. Leonard, the pastor of the Universalist Church of the Redeemer in Chelsea, Massachusetts, planned the day to dedicate and baptise children. The name of the holiday was changed from Rose Day to Flower Sunday, and then to Children’s Day.
The date was altered to October 8 in 1995 by President Bill Clinton, who declared it National Children’s Day.
Following this, President George W. Bush declared the first Sunday in June to be National Children’s Day.
However, in 2009, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn said that National Children’s Day would be observed every year on the second Sunday in June, and that has been the case ever since. On November 20, the United Nations has designated as the International Day of the Child, many other countries commemorate the rights of children. The United Nations General Assembly enacted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1959, which is regarded as a significant date. The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the same day in 1989.
What Inspired The Creation Of International Children’s Day?
The first formal International Children’s Day was celebrated in 1925. Representatives from around the world gathered in Switzerland to host the first World Conference on Children’s Well being.
ACTIVITIES FOR NATIONAL CHILDREN’S DAY
Spend Quality Time With Your Children
Spend the entire day with your children doing entertaining things. Plan a family picnic or a fun day at home where you can all paint, sing, play, and dance together. If you don’t have children, consider reaching out to your nieces and nephews to build a relationship with them!
Educate The Public
Share information about the day, what it represents, and news about upcoming events on your social media profiles so that more people may hear about it and participate. Many children in the United States and around the world are going through difficult times and could use some assistance.
A Throwback To The Past
Listen to your favorite songs and watch all of the movies you loved as a kid to relive the good old days. You might also reconnect with old acquaintances and have a good time catching up.
5 FACTS YOU MAY NOT HAVE KNOWN ABOUT CHILDREN IN THE UNITED STATES
In fourth grade, around 34% of pupils are reading below the basic level.
There is Still Much Work To Be Done
Between the ages of 16 and 24, 4.5 million young adults are not in school or employed.
Backgrounds With Disadvantages
Around 22% of youngsters in the United States are poor, and over 80% of them will lose their reading skills over the summer.
Obesity is Rampant
Obesity prevalence was 19.3 percent among children and adolescents aged two to 19 years old, affecting roughly 14.4 million people between 2017 and 2018.
Bullying Through The internet is Very Widespread
Over 59 percent of American students have been bullied or harassed online, according to some studies.
REASONS WHY WE APPRECIATE NATIONAL CHILDREN’S DAY
The Future Belongs To The Children
Our future depends on these children, and we must ensure that we are giving them with the finest possible care. This means doing everything we can to ensure that children grow up to be healthy, well-adjusted people, as well as ensuring that children from underprivileged families have more chances.
It Enables Us To Spend More Time With Our Children
It might be difficult to find meaningful quality time with children in today’s hectic lifestyles. National Children’s Day serves as a reminder to calm down, relax, and realize that our families will always take precedence over everything else.
It is Beneficial To Children
Having a day dedicated to them and knowing that they are valued can give them a huge boost in confidence.