On Parents' Day, America honors our mothers and fathers for their extraordinary devotion and for the great sacrifices they make to provide a hopeful and promising future for their children.
National Parents' Day 2016
National Parents' Day 2016 is a Special Report prepared by The Washington Times Advocacy Department and National Parents’ Day Coalition.
Parenthood is among the most difficult and most rewarding responsibilities in life. Balancing countless demands, parents must be firm yet loving, protective yet liberating. They are the nurturers of our dreams and the soothers of our fears. They instill in their children, by word and example, the importance of family and community involvement, the value of education and hard work.
Why do I think parents are so important?
"Families are the foundation" of human society, and parents become "the first image of love to our children, and the first image of God to our children," Rev. Keith A. Savage said in 2015, when he and wife Bonita were honored as National Parents of the Year.
Andrew and Judith Ross have been married for 60 years, raised four children, and have 11 grandchildren.
Four years ago, on Sept. 17, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a Resolution [66/292] proclaiming June 1 to be the annual Global Day of Parents to honor parents throughout the world for their selfless, life-long dedication to nurturing and protecting their children and helping their full maturation as human beings.
Some social realities are so close, near and essential, they can often be taken for granted. I believe the family, parenthood, moms and dads too often fit in that category. Hence, my appreciation for today's program, speakers, Holy See Mission and this audience.
The foundation for my talk today is the World Family Map, a new international effort sponsored by the Institute for Family Studies, Child Trends, Social Trends Institute, and a number of other partners across the globe.
I have watched children over the past 30-plus years grow up and become a professional listener of parents and children, if you will.
To the mothers, grandmothers, aunties, sisters and other women who have loved and nurtured children with a mother's heart, today is intended to recognize your care and investment in our new generations.
I will start with the words of the world's most popular father — our Holy Father Pope Francis:
Many parents today are raising the first true digital natives despite being digital immigrants themselves. The challenge lies in being able to lead our children into this age instead of just following them.