National Sons Day is celebrated on September 28. It is a day to show appreciation for the boys in our lives, and also for parents of boys to reflect on the way that they are raising them and if they're doing their best. All any parent wants for their children is for them to grow up well and be someone they’re proud of, and boys especially need strong role models to grow up into confident, good, adult men. National Sons Day is a day to ensure that boys all over the country are getting the foundations, education, and all the support they need to have the best possible life as they grow up.
There is some debate around the date for National Sons Day. Historically, the date has been marked as September 28th, but since 2018 many also recognize March 4th as the official National Sons Day.
The first attempt to create a National Sons Day occurred in the 1990s, as some people wanted a day that was similar to National Take Your Daughter to Work Day. A group called the National Sons Day eventually did create a National Take Your Sons to Work Day in 1998, but in 2003 the two days were merged into one.
The idea of a day to celebrate sons resurfaced in 2018 by the hand of Jill Nico, who wanted a day to honor sons and the people who raised them, much like National Daughters Day. As such, since 2018 many also choose to celebrate National Sons Day on March 4.
As the years pass, more challenges surface when it comes to raising boys. Parents should be aware that bringing up boys in these times takes a great level of guidance and communication, and they should be prepared for that. That is why National Sons Day is so important. There are many stereotypes surrounding the idea of what a man should be like, and many boys will struggle with that. It is the parents' responsibility to guide them through that and teach them values and kindness.
Both parents play an equally important role in the emotional development of boys, and they strive when they have a good relationship with both their mother and father as the maternal and paternal sides bring different contributions, so it is very important to cultivate those bonds. The lack of a mother or father figure can be attributed to developmental issues in later years.
Ultimately, the role of a parent is a challenging and important one, but the hard work put into raising your son won’t only serve as a reflection of your parenting skills, but it will also contribute to them being an upstanding and respected member of society.
What to do on National Sons Day
This is the perfect day to take some time to really be with your sons. Talk to them about their school and life, learn more about them and their ambitions, and try to open the way to always have good communication between you. Make sure they know how supportive you are by letting them know that you’re always there for them. You can also show them how much you appreciate them by taking them to do their favorite activity. Whether that is going to the movies, going shopping, playing games or sports, or cooking, just make sure to spend some quality time together.
Apart from reflecting on the way that you are raising them from an emotional and personal perspective, you can also take this day to teach them some smaller, practical life skills, such as changing a tire, doing some DIY, cooking a simple meal. Anything that will help them grow into a better, more confident person.
If you have a daughter, or a son and a daughter, don’t forget to celebrate the following dates: