Although the origin of Son and Daughter Day is unknown, it’s the perfect time for parents to celebrate the joys their children bring to life. Son and Daughter Day is celebrated on Aug. 11 each year.
Spend part of Son and Daughter Day enjoying a last blast of summer with your little ones, back to school shopping with your teens or reminiscing about the ‘good old days’ when your adult kids were younger.
Try these ideas for celebrating Son and Daughter Day with your children. Whether your kids are tots, teens or adults, celebrate the moments in life that you’ll remember in the years to come.
Take mom and baby or dad and baby photos of your infant or toddler. Make a virtual photo album to share on social media or print the photos and create a scrapbook to share with your little one in the future.
Enjoy a family picnic at your children’s favorite park. Pack lunch and spend the day or make sandwiches and enjoy dinner at the park after work. After you eat, take a walk or push each other on the swings.
Prepare a special meal to celebrate Son and Daughter Day. Choose a family favorite entree and let each child choose one favorite side. Make dessert together.
Skip the kitchen duties and go out to your family’s favorite restaurant. Whether you choose fast food or a nice sit-down restaurant, it’s all about spending time together. Share the best part of your day and invite your children to do the same.
Take a walk through your neighborhood together. Share memories of fun times you’ve spend with your kids. If you’ve moved a time or two, visit a neighborhood where you lived when your kids were younger.
Play a family game of kickball in the back yard. Let the youngest two children be team captains and take turns choosing sides. See which team can get to five runs first, then switch teammates and play another round.
Ride bikes together on your favorite trail. Let the kids take turns being the line leader. Bring bottles of water and snacks and take short breaks to keep hydrated.
Go to the movies or watch your family’s favorite videos at home. If you prefer, dust off the old family movies and laugh together at how all of you looked back in the day.
Skype or text with your grown children who live far away. Share a favorite old memory. Be sure to share some old family photos on Facebook or Instagram.
Write a letter to each child or record cherished memories on paper to share with your children. In today’s digital world, your written words will remain long after your computer’s hard drive is outdated.
Make plans for celebrating Middle Child Day on Aug. 12. If you have a middle child in your family, they’ll thank you later.
Remind your children that, no matter how old they are, they will always be your babies. Happy Son and Daughter Day to our grown-up children: Jenny, Lauren, Jack, Brian and Stephanie. Thanks for the memories!