On August 1st, Respect for Parents Day recognizes the leadership roles parents play in not only a child’s life but also in our communities.
Parents provide their children with the first expression of love and sense of security. As protectors and nurturers, parents set a foundation for leading and teaching children to be responsible. Each parent provides a form of communication and a way of making decisions and correcting mistakes.
A parent’s role in the community is essential, too.
In an effort to “make our families become united and strong by recognizing the leadership roles parents have, and to reinstate the respect for parents that was evident in the past,” Respect for Parents Day was born. These are the words of Marilyn Dalrymple from Lancaster, CA, as she created the day, which is observed on August 1st.
This day was created as a reminder that parents deserve and require respect and for all to consider the value that parents have in society. This isn’t limited to children only. Those who hold power over families must likewise respect the parent.
HOW TO OBSERVE #RespectForParentsDay
– Call your parents and ask them about their day.
– Schedule time each week to spend time with your parents doing something they enjoy.
– Tell your parents how much you appreciate everything they’ve done.
– Ask their opinion. Even if you don’t take their advice, at least consider their perspective.
– Help them with chores around the house, especially the heavy-duty ones, if your parents are older.
– Listen to their wants and needs. When you do, you’ll learn something you may not have known before.
– Surprise them with a token of your love and respect. If you’ve been listening to them, you might even surprise them with something they’ve wanted for a while.
– While you may disagree with them, consider their perspective. Their environment, when they were young, the experiences they have lived through (both good and bad) shape our parents and influence their choices.
Give your parents some credit for your successes. Showing them gratitude for the love, support, and lessons they’ve instilled in you will allow them to show pride in their children.
Cook for them. It’s their turn to take a break and enjoy a relaxing conversation while someone else cooks for them. Most of all enjoy them.