Global Day of Parents

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2024 Date1 June 2024
2025 Date1 June 2025

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The Global Day of Parents is an observance that serves to honour and appreciate the dedication, love, and commitment that parents provide for their children. Celebrated across the world, this occasion highlights the importance of providing a nurturing and supportive environment for the development of children. For South Africans, this day holds particular significance as it transcends all barriers of race, culture, and socio-economic backgrounds to unite people in the shared responsibility of nurturing the next generation.

Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012, the Global Day of Parents is rooted in the idea that the family plays a critical role in shaping the values and character of children. In a country like South Africa, acknowledging the importance of strong family bonds is essential in fostering unity and rebuilding the nation. As South Africa strives towards a brighter future, the Global Day of Parents encourages everyone to recognize and honour the tireless efforts of parents in providing for the emotional, physical, and educational needs of their children.

The observance of Global Day of Parents takes place every year on the 1st of June, emphasizing the significant role that both mothers and fathers play in supporting, guiding, and nurturing their children. As the nation comes together to celebrate this occasion, it serves as a reminder to cherish and value the love, care, and dedication that parents around the world provide for their families.

Global Day of Parents facts

  • Children go through 3 broad stages of growth and development:
    1) Early Childhood (0-8)
    2) Middle Childhood (8 to 12)
    3) Adolescence (12-18)
  • According to the United Nations, there are approximately 2 billion parents worldwide. This includes both biological and adoptive parents.
  • Studies show that parental involvement in a child's education can lead to higher academic achievement, improved behavior, and increased motivation.
  • The average number of children per family in South Africa has been decreasing. As of 2021, the average family had 2.7 children.
  • The number of births delivered by adolescents aged between 10 and 19 in South Africa's public health facilities rose from 129,223 in 2019 to 139,361 in 2022.

Top things to do in South Africa for Global Day of Parents

  • Spend time with your family. Plan a trip, help prepare a home-cooked meal, or have everyone choose a movie for a movie night.
  • Explore tips on parenting during Covid-19.
  • Watch a documentary about the experience of parenthood in the United Kingdom. Here are our suggestions:
    1. Color of Love (2019) - This documentary series explores the lives of multi-racial couples in post-apartheid South Africa, highlighting the challenges they face in raising their children in a society still grappling with racial divisions.
    2. Yesterday (2004) - This South African drama revolves around a young mother named Yesterday who struggles with an HIV diagnosis and the challenges of raising her daughter in rural South Africa.
    3. Fanie Fourie's Lobola (2013) - This romantic comedy looks at the cultural differences between South African families from different backgrounds and the obstacles they face when their children fall in love.
  • Read a book to learn more about the experience of parenthood in South Africa. Here are our top picks:
    1. Growing Up in the New South Africa: Childhood and Adolescence in Post-Apartheid Cape Town by Rachel Bray, Imke Gooskens, and Lauren Kahn - This book provides a comprehensive look into family life and parenting for adolescents in post-apartheid South Africa.
    2. South African Families in Focus: Profiles, Voices, and Perspectives by Cornwall, J. & Von Slazburg - This book offers a unique look at contemporary South African families and their experiences of parenting.
    3. When Only The Best Will Do: A Parent's Guide to Schools in Gauteng, South Africa by Karen Frewin - This book specifically targets education and parenting in Gauteng, South Africa, discussing the choices available for parents concerning their children's education.
    4. Family Policy and the New Unmarried Parenthood in South Africa: A Research Report by South African Universities - A detailed research report that discusses policies and support for parenting in the South African context, particularly focusing on unmarried parenthood.

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