Nations around the globe are celebrating today as National Child Day 2009 and the 20th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
On Nov. 20, 1989, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child adoped a series of basic human rights to which children everywhere are entitled.
All children have the right to a great beginning in life and need parents and other caregivers to:
- Love them
- Play with them
- Feed them
- Protect them
On this National Child Day, you can turn everyday moments into opportunities to help children grow, develop and learn about the world around them. As a parent, you can shape the kinds of experiences your child has. That’s why it’s important to spend lots of time playing with your child. Did you know that:
- When children play, they are actually working?
- You are as essential “partner” in your child’s play?
- Play allows children to explore and discover the world and their role in it?
- When children play together, they learn to socialize with each other?
- Play helps children learn to talk?
Encourage your child to make play dates with friends and be sure to play with your child everyday!
Visit the National Child Day Web Site (www.childday.gc.ca) to find ideas about how children, youth, parents, caregivers, and educators can celebrate the rights of our next generation and out future.
For more information, contact your Regional KidsFirst Community Developer: Jade Wolfe Family Advocacy Worker 741-7342.