Wow, it’s here! September 16 is National Stepfamily Day (NSD), and now there is quite the buzz about trying to make this day International Stepfamily Day. I have always noticed through my stepfamily research that the countries of Canada, the UK, Australia, and Japan have active stepfamily associations. Canada and the UK already recognize Stepfamily Day. Does anyone know of any other countries that stand out for providing stepfamily resources?
Last week, I provided a list of ideas for stepfamilies to celebrate NSD. I am happy to report that our family is pulling together a family picture and ice cream this Saturday.
This week I thought I’d share with you the NSD proclamation, also available on the NSD website. Read these words today and be proud that you are part of or affiliated with a stepfamily/stepfamilies!
NATIONAL STEPFAMILY DAY PROCLAMATION
Whereas, National Stepfamily Day is enhanced by our strong commitment to support the stepfamilies of our nation in their mission to raise their children, create strong family structures to support the individual members of the family, instill in them a sense of responsibility to all extended family members.
Whereas, approximately half of all Americans are currently involved in some form of stepfamily relationship and it is the vision of Michigan’s Christy Borgeld that all stepfamilies in the United States be accepted, supported, and successful.
Whereas, our nation has been blessed by thousands upon thousands of loving stepparents and stepchildren who are daily reminders of the joy, trials, and triumphs of the stepfamily experience and of the boundless love contained in the bond between all types of parents and children.
Whereas, National Stepfamily Day is a day to celebrate the many individual contributions stepfamilies have made to enriching the lives and life experience of the children and parents of America and to strengthening the fabric of American families and society.
Mama J is a writer, parent, and stepparent in Northern Colorado. Stay tuned for information on the preview audio to her book, Stepparenting the Grieving Child. Learn more about this book project by clicking www.dianefromme.com.