National Sons Day
National Sons Day on March 4th honors the sons of the world and those who raise them.
Around the world, slightly more sons are born than daughters. Both bring joy to families. When it comes to our children, our rambunctious sons grow into adult men. Some are soft-spoken and gentle. Others with a spark of curiosity fill every hour with questions, some unanswerable.
Parents and family members strive to mold them into a person better than we are. Sons, like many children, test the boundaries until one day, they stand before us, grown. National Sons Day encourages parents to be role models and provide the boundaries sons need. Celebrate their successes while guiding them through their failures. Give them a foundation of skills that they will rely on for a lifetime and pass on to their sons.
Each day as a son and the parent of one is a treasure. Boys need us to model responsibility, hard work, and integrity. As they work and learn beside us, those qualities will be instilled in them. The day reminds us of the value our sons bring to our lives and others.
National Sons Day History
National Sons Day has taken on new meaning as we head into the third decade of the 21st century. The #metoo era is long overdue — and society can no longer overlook the importance of raising our boys with this in mind. The good news? A crucial national conversation has begun — finally.
Parents of sons today face challenges that seem so obvious — yet no one saw coming. Who could have predicted the stunning downfall of so many of America’s most famous and powerful men in so little time? The list of names sent shock waves through the world of entertainment, media, tech and politics. And no one knows where we’re headed next.
One thing’s for sure — it all starts with teaching (and modeling) respect.
Here’s lifestyle writer (and dad) Christopher Dale in a recent article for Motherly: “Parents of boys are in a precarious position, one where the rules of inter-gender engagement seem to be in constant flux. As society understandably amplifies the voices of accusers, we find ourselves raising the potentially accused.”
Accused and accusers. That’s a lot for our kids to handle. So how do moms and dads navigate these treacherous waters? There’s no simple answer. We’re in uncharted territory here — and this discussion needs to go on for as long as it takes. Preparing our boys for this will require a level of guidance and communication that our predecessors in parenthood could never have envisioned – and that we ourselves have yet to fully grasp.
Aside from that, men have struggled with a stereotype of showing strength without fear or compassion. Luckily, as society incorporates “emotional” equity in the workplace and at home, we’re all redefining what it means to be a good son — and a good man.
Let’s have meaningful conversations with our boys on National Sons Day.
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NATIONAL SONS DAYS AROUND THE WORLD
|Japan||Children’s Day||A day for the people of Japan to celebrate their children||May 5|
|Mexico||Children’s Day||A day for Mexicans to celebrate their children.||April 30|
|Pakistan||Children’s Day||A day for the people of Pakistan to celebrate their children.||July 1|
|Brazil||Children’s Day||A day for Brazilians to celebrate their children||October 12|
|Colombia||Children’s Day||A day for Colombians to celebrate their children.||July 29|
NATIONAL SONS DAY BY NUMBERS
83 Million – Families in the U.S.
3.14 – The size of the average family in the U.S.
3.79 Million – Number of babies born each year in the U.S
40% – First-time parents who would prefer to have a son
28% – First-time parents who would prefer to have a daughter
32% – First-time parents who have no gender preference for their baby
69% – Children under 18 living with two parents in the U.S.
29.5 – Average age of the American man when he first marries
27.4 – Average age of the American female when she first marries
51% – Children in the U.S are born male
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