Today, June the 1st, is Global Parents Day and I must admit – it is not a day I am familiar with.  In fact, until recently, I had never heard of it.  Sure, I am aware of ‘Mother’s Day’ and ‘Father’s Day’ – many of us have, but I do not recall encountering what may appear to be a more general day dedicated to parents around the world. 

I believe that it would be fair to say that in the past few years, we have seen more and more children raised in a different country than the one in which they were born, with one such example being the plight of families fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  It should go without saying that the challenges faced by many families across the world should not be forgotten.

On my own travels thus far, the variety of peoples I have encountered have shown me the importance of appreciating the efforts – and sacrifices, that parents can make.  How ever much resources maybe limited. 

Tempted though I am at times to look at the world through ‘rose tinted spectacles’, but in trying to learn more about this day, I’ve discovered that the U.N. General Assembly declared the first-ever Global Day of Parents in 2012, so as to:

Emphasise the critical role of parents in the rearing of children, the Global Day of Parents recognises that the family has the primary responsibility for the nurturing and protection of children. For the full and harmonious development of their personality, children should grow up in a family environment and in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding.

Designated by the General Assembly in 2012, Global Day of Parents provides an opportunity to appreciate all parents for their “selfless commitment to children and their lifelong sacrifice towards nurturing this relationship.”