Happy Children’s Day!

It’s the 1st of June and I’m really excited. First of all, it’s the official start to the summer, and I’m hoping the weather and our garden will take notice of it and act accordingly. But there’s another reason for being in a good mood: it’s International Children’s Day!

I know it’s not a big deal for most people. It’s highly likely that many haven’t even heard of it. But I loved it as a child and still love it today. When I was little, I used to find a small present by my bed when I woke up in the morning. It wasn’t anything fancy, just a book, some crayons or a bag of sweets. But it was special somehow, and I remember leaving home for school in anticipation of the box of chocolates our teacher would bring for us before the lessons started. We were happy kids, and on the 1st of June we felt even happier.

As an adult, I’ve promised myself to continue the tradition. Before I had my own child, back in my teaching days, I used to take a bag of sweets to school to share with my students. And I tell you what…This was the one day of the year when a whole class of 16-year olds did not mind being treated like kids.

Nowadays, I’ve only got my two babies to think about on Children’s Day. This morning, Brianna woke up to find the traditional bag of her favourite sweets by her bed, and George was presented with a big knuckle bone in the garden. They were both delighted with their surprise, although I’m not sure George really understood what the occasion was, in spite of Brianna’s attempts to explain it to him.

So, if you’ve got kids, today’s a good time to hug them tight and spoil them a bit more than usual. If you’ve got dogs, give them a treat and challenge them to an extra play session. If you’re blessed with both kids and dogs, then pack up your day with lots of fun activities that will fill your home with joy and laughter.

Before I go, here’s a picture of my kids, which I think is perfect for the occasion:


Happy Children’s Day, everyone!



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26 responses to “Happy Children’s Day!

  1. This is a fabulous tradition and I will take your advice and give my girl, Grace, extra love and treats today. Do you know the origins of the day? I wonder if lots of other countries celebrate? I am not familiar with it. I love the picture of your two precious ones. They are both beautiful and look like great pals.

    • Thanks, Robin. I know it’s an international holiday, but can’t say for sure which countries do actually celebrate it. I know it’s big in Eastern Europe, however I’m not sure if it’s crossed the ocean…Maybe from now on …;)

  2. Didi, what a wonderful photo of your two kiddos!

    I hadn’t heard of International Children’s Day until your post – but I think it’s something Gus wouldn’t mind if we celebrated! What a fun tradition to pass on to your own kids.

    I hope you’re having a wonderful day!

  3. What a sweet photograph of George and Brianna. Picture perfect!

    I don’t have any children of my own, but International Children’s Day does give me another excuse to buy Oscar new toys and treats. 😉

  4. Happy Children’s Day to Brianna and George! What a fantastic idea to shower the little ones with treats and affection—I like to think that the BIGGEST joys come in small packages. And whether you’re 6, 16, or 60 it’s always nice to feel like a kid again 😉 I’ll definitely be giving Miss Maple lots and lots of kisses and hugs today!

    • Couldn’t agree more, and what a great way of putting it! Best wishes to your Little Miss, who’s the perfect example of a tiny package bringing a lot of joy 🙂

  5. I hadn’t heard of this day either and as it’s now June 2nd here I’ve missed it! But my kids got a good walk both today and yesterday and I spent an hour lying on the floor with them in front of the heater tonight before getting back to reading blogs, lol! And they did get an extra foodie treat tonight so I guess we celebrated anyway without knowing it.

    Love the photo of your kids:)

  6. Never heard of it till now. I don’t think I’ll tell Georgia 🙂

  7. Happy children’s day 🙂

    hmm…I forgot when is Indonesian children’s day ;/

    Your tradition is very interesting, glad you keep it up. You have beautiful daughter and handsome dog.

    • Thank you. According to Google, Indonesian Children’s Day is on 23 July…I’ll be looking forward to your post about it, with photos of your girls 😉

  8. I’ve never heard of this holiday, but it sounds so sweet! I wish I’d realized it in time to do something for my kids at school. I’ll have to remember it for next year!

  9. Your daughter is lovely. I only have the 4-legged kids, but I can assure you they are spoiled each and every day, just as it should be. 🙂

    • Oh, I know your 4-legged kids are spoilt, I see it on your blog every day. And you’re right, they should be, so good on you for doing things right [emoticon for ‘thumbs up’ which I can’t use since it’s not available].

  10. Kas

    I have fur-kids … do they count? No skin-kids yet 🙂

  11. Very nice photo Didi. And I hope your two kids had a nice children’s day.

  12. Your daughter looks so beautiful and sweet! And right at home with George. What a great photo. 🙂

    And I didn’t know it was Children’s Day! I think my sister and I used to tell our parents we’d like a Children’s Day, since they had Mother’s and Father’s days… and my parents would tell us, “Every day is Children’s Day.”

    But I like your take on it better! I’ll have to mark my calendar so that next year we can start this great tradition in our house. Lovely!

    • Your parents are very wise and clever people (which I already knew from their comments to your posts). Every day should be Children’s day. But it’s still nice to have a special day for it, I think. I can’t wait to see what you come up with for Children’s Day. I know it’ll be something wonderful…

  13. What a great idea, and such a sweet picture! : )

    I will have to put that on my calendar for next year. I know my furry kid will definitely want in on the fun…

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