United Nations marks Global Parents Day

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Global Parents Day
Apt time to appreciate all parents throughout the world especially during pandemic times.
 
Yesterday, the United Nations marked Global Parents Day emphasizing the critical role of parents in the rearing of children and recognizing that the family has the primary responsibility for the nurturing and protection of children.
 
 
In 2012, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 1st June as the Global Day of Parents, to be observed annually in honour of parents throughout the world.
 
The Secretary-General has always tried to enhance awareness among decision makers and the public of the problems and needs of the family, as well as of effective ways of meeting those needs. 
 
Governments and the private sector, especially employers have been requested to promote child-friendly workplace policies and environment, including support to employees who need to attend to child-rearing, and learning at home for children and to increase their ability to implement blended learning programs for children.
 
Twitter across the globe erupted with thoughts, posts and wishes amidst COVID-19 concerns towards elderly with quotes like: 
  • “Love and support of parents can get a child anywhere and everywhere in life.” 
  • Thank you, mom and dad, for always supporting me. Happy Parents’ Day!
  • Mom and dad, thank you for the greatest gift of all, the gift of unconditional love. Happy Parents’ Day!
  • All that I really need is right here with me. The most important part of my life, mom and dad, it’s you. Happy Parents Day!
 
Global parents day is completely different from Mother's Day or Father's Day celebrated across the world. Not isolating either parent, the Global Day of Parents insists that for the full and harmonious development of their personality, children should grow up in a family environment and in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding.
 
The United Nations also acknowledges that not only are functional families important to the world realizing its Social Development Goals (SDGs) but especially during a mammoth crisis like the COVID-19 outbreak, parents are the pivot for the survival of families.
 
Tips for parenting during the COVID-19 outbreak
 
Families bear the brunt of the COVID-19 and greater support is needed for working parents as the pandemic takes hold of people the world over.
 
And as the pandemic continues its exponential growth, a technical note from UNICEF, ILO and UN Women on family-friendly policies and other good workplace practices in the context of COVID-19 shows that it is essential to support working families to minimize negative consequences for children.
 
As the anchors of the family and the foundation of our communities and societies, parents have the responsibility of sheltering their families from harm, caring for out-of-school children and, at the same time, continuing their work responsibilities. 
 
“Parents are precious and let us recognise the importance of this unit. Without support from parents, children’s health, education and emotional well-being are at risk,” says the UN.
 
Without support from parents, children’s health, education and emotional well-being is at risk. By introducing family-friendly workplace policies and practices, companies and organizations will be in a better position to promote children’s safety and wellbeing and provide systematic support to employees.
 
The coronavirus disease brings with it feelings like anxiety, stress and uncertainty — and they are felt especially strongly by children of all ages. Though all children deal with such emotions in different ways, if your child has been faced with school closures, cancelled events or separation from friends, they are going to need to feel loved and supported now more than ever.

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