Respect for Parents Day
Moms and dads have Mother's Day and Father's Day, they even have National Parent's Day on the fourth Sunday of July each year, as established by Bill Clinton in 1984. Respect for Parents Day is its own holiday, occurring on Aug. 1. Marilyn Dalrymple wants that date to be reserved as Respect for Parents Day. She writes, "The day is not to remind children only, that parents deserve and require respect. I hope that everyone--especially those who hold positions having power and influence over families--will pause on August first (if not every day) and consider the value parents have in our society."
* Show respect for you own parents as well as friends and family members that are parents.
* Employers can show respect for parents by acknowledging the need for family sick leave, flexible hours and the option to work from home when family matters arise.
* Parents can respect other parents by not judging parenting styles which differ from their own.
U.S. Customs Anniversary
Soon after the U.S. declared its independence, the founding fathers realized what the new nation was lacking: money. On July 4, 1789, President George Washington and the First Congress passed the Tariff Act of July, authorizing the collection of duties on imported goods. The first revenue was collected on Aug. 1, 1789. (U.S. Customs Service)
National Raspberry Cream Pie Day
In some ways, it may resemble that pink fluff stuff from the middle school cafeteria. A Raspberry Cream Pie, enjoyed on a hot August day, with fresh raspberries is so much better, though. Start with a pre-baked crust of crushed chocolate wafer cookies, graham crackers or shortbread. The filling is a form of cream or milk, gelatin and raspberries. You can even freeze this pie. Don't forget the raspberry sauce.
The raspberry as we know it is a hybrid of two different varieties, the dark red and conical European variety, Rubus idaeus valgustus and the North American variety, R. occidentalis according to "The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink." Raspberries are rich in manganese, vitamin C, and fiber, so eat up.
National Girlfriends Day
Men and jobs come and go, but girlfriends are there for the long haul. Yes, the long haul, because close friendships equals a longer life, according to "Why do friendships matter for survival?" from "The Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. "By differentiating between friends, children and other relatives," the authors write, "we were able to show that it is friends, rather than children or relatives, which confer most benefit to survival later in life" reports The New York Times.
* Host a girlfriends only brunch at home or at your favorite cafe.
* Contact a girlfriend you lost contact with and reconnect. Laugh about old times, even if your lives today are worlds apart.
* Get active and stay in shape with your girlfriends, scheduling weekly walks, runs or competitive sports.
- Parents Day
- parenting styles
- family matters
- Rubus idaeus
- Mother s Day
- President George Washington