Single Parents' Day takes place each year on March 21. Simply put, it's a day set aside to honor and applaud the hard work single parents do each and every day in
raising their children.
According to Mary Anne Britton, the International Vice President of Membership for Parents
Without Partners, Single Parents' Day is a day for "honoring the
single parent who is basically doing double duty" and "giving them some
The idea for Single Parents' Day began back in 1984 with an article written by Janice Moglen, a single mother of two who hoped that Single Parents' Day might one day gain the recognition
many associate with both Mother's Day and Father's Day. In
collaboration with the organization Parents
Without Partners, Moglen began to petition individual states to
declare their own recognition of Single Parents' Day.
It is believed that the day, March 21, was chosen to coincide with the
inception of Parents Without Partners, which began 50 years ago,
on March 21, 1957.
While some may conclude that Single Parents' Day is just a variation of Mother's Day and Father's Day, it is actually much more than that. Single Parents' Day is an opportunity
for the children of single parent families to recognize the sacrifices both
of their parents make to provide for their needs, collaborate with
one another, and maintain a stable home environment where the children
can thrive. It is also an opportunity for single parents themselves to
celebrate their efforts and achievements.
Single Parents' Day is also an opportunity to raise awareness about the determination and strength shown by the more than 14 million single parents who are raising
children in the U.S. today. Britton notes that "Many single parents
aren't even putting themselves in 2nd or 3rd place" as they work to
raise their kids, "making sure they have the same opportunities as dual
family units." While there is tremendous joy in the task, it is also a
lot to bear all on your own, and it's time that we applaud the
individuals who are up to the task, instead of tearing them down with
Since its inception, both national and state proclamations in support of Single Parents' Day have been sporadic. You can play a role in changing that trend by requesting that both local
and national leaders issue a proclamation in support of Single Parents'
Day this March 21.
- Write a personal letter to each of your children, telling them how special they are and how much you enjoy being a part of their lives.
- Send another single parent an E-card.
- Get together with other single parent families to celebrate your collective successes.
- Start a journal. This is a great way to record the small triumphs you enjoy each day in raising your children.
Britton's advice for the children of single parents is this: "Call your mom or dad on Single Parents' Day and say 'Thank you for loving me enough to do
what you did.' It doesn't have to be anything major; it doesn't have to
be cards and flowers. Just thank your parents. Give them some
respect, and tell them how much you love them."