4 Things You Should Not Forget on National Parent’s Day

The fourth Sunday of July,  now recognized as National Parent’s Day, became an official holiday in 1994. It was signed into law for “recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children.” People are encouraged to recognize the   hard work and the exemplary roles of parents who are responsible and committed to the welfare not only of their families but also the communities they belong.
 

Parents take the most crucial role in the lives of the next generation. They are the first to demonstrate what it means to protect, to teach, to provide and to communicate. They become the role models through which children get an initial view of the world.

We have gathered some tips for you to make the this year’s National Parent’s Day extra-special:

1. Go Out and Have Fun

 

When was the last time you had a family outdoor activity? There are many ways for the family to celebrate outside the four corners of the house. The family can go for a hike, spend the day at the beach or surprise them by joining a hobby they enjoy doing!

2. Create an Awesome At-Home Experience

 

If there is one thing that can truly surprise your parents, create the best at-home surprise by doing a couple of things. Getting the household chores done puts you to a great start. After-all,  Who can resist a clean list of things to do! Next, make dinner for your parents. Never forget to the test the dish first (wink). After dinner, watch their favorite movies with them or get a copy of the movie they have been eager to watch.

 

3. Show Appreciation for Them and for Your Family

 

If there is one thing that you should never forget to do on this day, it is to clearly and effectively communicate how much you appreciate their work they do for the family. Create cards or scrapbooks that show them memories you have created through the years.

4. Pray for Your Parents

Do not let this day pass without praying for your Mom and Dad. Lift them up before the Lord. Give your heart out and bless the work of their hearts, their minds and their health.

The web is full of more detailed tips to celebrate this day. We hope that these few things we listed here could jump start you as you think of the many wonderful ways to celebrate the lives of your parents.

We are again inviting you this Sunday at Jesus Reigns Ministries Church for our National Parent’s Day Celebration. Come and celebrate with us! If you are a parent or functions as a guardian, be there this Sunday as we will explore what the Bible teaches about parenting and we will dig into our relation with God as our Father.

Jesus Reigns Ministries Church is a close-knit community of families. Bring your parents this Sunday, July 28, 2019 and help us make this day special for all the parents out there. See you!


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5 Things You May Want To Know About Fathers Day

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There are some interesting facts about Father’s Day before it has become the famed celebration we have today. Are you ready to know some Fathers day trivia? Here are some of the things you didn’t know about Father’s Day:

There is a “Mother” of Father’s Day

Celebrating Father’s Day was the idea of a woman named Sonora Dodd from Spokane, Washington. The idea sparked into her after listening to Mother’s Day sermon in a church service in 1909.

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1940s family photo of Sonora Dodd via Betsy Hillerman Roddy and Barbara Hillerman Lieske

She wanted to honor her father, William Smart, who became a widow early into his marriage when his wife died while giving birth. He had to take care of six children, including Sonora while working as a farmer alone.

 
The people of Spokane, Washington celebrated the first Father’s Day on June 19, 1910. Decades later, President Lyndon Johnson held out a presidential proclamation to designate the third Sunday of June as the official day to celebrate Father’s Day.
 
Who was the first father to be honored on Fathers Day?
 
William Smart, the father of the lady behind the famous celebration, Sonora Dodd, was a Civil War veteran. He became a widow early into his marriage when his wife died while giving birth to their sixth child.
 
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William Jackson Smart, Sonora Dodd’s Father via abcnews

 
After serving in the military, he went home to be a full-time dad to his six children, raising them all on his own. He tilled the lands on a rural farm in Washington. As Sonora has described her father, “He was a courageous, selfless, and loving man.”
 
Mr. Smart was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Father’s Day celebration this month.

Wear a rose to honor your father

Roses are the official flower for celebrating Father’s Day. The “Mother of Father’s Day” Sonora Dodd suggested that people wear a red rose if their fathers are still alive, and a white rose to honor a deceased father. This practice of wearing a flower during Father’s Day started on June 19, 1910, when the first recorded Father’s Day was celebrated.

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The celebration goes way back to prehistoric times

Scholars believe that the earliest tradition of Father’s Day can be traced in the ruins of Babylon. A young boy called Elmesu carved a Father’s Day message on a card made out of clay some 4,000 years ago.

On the hardened clay, Elmesu wished his father good health and long life. There is no more record of what the boy has become, but the tradition remained in several countries around the world.

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