Every single child is different but one thing we can all agree on is that every child deserves to be cared for, loved and treated with respect. This is the message behind Universal Children’s Day, observed around the world on 20 November and noted as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children.
For us fortunate ones, every single day revolves around our children. But for millions of children around the world, this isn’t the case. The UN’s Universal Children’s Day aims to promote and celebrate children’s rights and continuously build up a living-friendly environment for all children in the world.
Every child has the right to survive and thrive, to be educated, to be free from violence and abuse, to participate and to be heard.
Here at Babyology, we decided to commemorate Universal Children’s Day by turning the focus on our children and those moments in childhood that mean the most to our kids. For many of us, we do these things each and every day. But for too many less fortunate children moments like these are something they can only dream about. So today, in gratitude for how blessed we are, take the time to do these 12 things with your children.
- Read them a story and don’t skip pages. Use different voices and watch their eyes light up as you turn each page.
- Tell them you love them and that you are proud to be their mum.
- Write them a letter, put it in the mailbox and ask them to go and retrieve the mail. Share their excitement as you read it together.
- Let them help you. Even if it takes twice as long than when you do it yourself. Sit back and watch them try. And then, after they are asleep and not watching, clean up their attempt and do it again properly.
- Share a story of your childhood or look through an old photo album.
- Sit with them and just play. Colour in. Make a Lego house. Build a castle out of blocks. For half an hour, let them be the boss of how you play and simply go with it.
- Ask them about their day. What was the best thing about today? What was the worst? Share your day with them as well.
- Make something together. There is no better day than today to print out those photos sitting on your phone, get out the glue and paper and create a family collage to hang up in their room.
- Talk to them about Universal Children’s Day. Today is all about kids. But remind them about other children in the world. Help them to appreciate what they have and to understand what today is all about.
- Stop and watch them – for five minutes. Do nothing else. Watch as they watch television. Or draw. Or play on the computer. Or take a bath. Stay out of sight and simply watch them explore their world.
- Tickle their arms as they go to sleep tonight. Gently stroke their arms, or their legs, or their hands or their faces, whichever they like best. This can be one of the most comforting feelings in the world.
- Give them an extra cuddle, when they are asleep. Just make sure you don’t wake them up!
Take the time today to celebrate the little people that matter the most in your life. As a mum, you know how lucky you are to have them. And they are just as lucky to have you.
Happy Universal Children’s Day from everyone at Babyology!