As a family law firm, it would be remiss of us not to acknowledge what the UN have dubbed “Global Day of Parents”
First proclaimed in 2012, and celebrated around the world, The Global Day provides an opportunity to appreciate all parents in all parts of the world for their selfless commitment to their children.
Sometimes being a parent comes sooner than expected. Sometimes it’s a struggle and you need the help of science with IVF, and sometimes you become a parent not through genetics, but purely through the love of another’s child.
What we often forget, is that being a parent doesn’t end when your child turns 18. Once you’re a parent, you’re a parent for life.
Not only do our parents nurture us and care for us when we’re young, putting band aids on our scrapes and combing lice out of hair; but they also withstand our puberty mood swings, hold back our hair as we suffer the effects of alcohol for the first (or 10th) time.
Our parents aren’t just the ones that taught us to ride a bike, but they also taught us to drive a car; they taught us to manage our bank accounts and helped us move into our first apartments.
Our parents coached us through break-ups and taught us how to deal with loss after the death of our first pet, or perhaps a grandparent.
It was our parents that first taught us about sharing and conflict resolution, often with our siblings and cousins.
Certainly our parents play a more active role in our lives when we’re younger; they chauffeur us to and from school, piano lessons and playdates; they check our homework and remind us to pack our sports gear. Our parents leave work in the middle of the day to pick us up from school when we’re sick and proceed to make us lunch and watch daytime TV with us.
They invite over your weird first boyfriend for dinner and smile pleasantly through the awkward chit-chat. They forgive you when you lie and punish you even when they don’t want to – because you need to learn a lesson.
Your parents beam proudly as you win awards, start your first job, bring a child of your own into the world.
One day, you’ll take over as their carer. Until they, they’re your rock, your sounding board, your nurturer and your friend.
A family law perspective
The UN acknowledges that “the family has the primary responsibility for the nurturing and protection of children and that children, for the full and harmonious development of their personality, should grow up in a family environment and in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding.”
This resonates with us too, in family law, and is why the well-being and needs of the child are prioritised in family law matters.
Indeed, as a parent you’ll often put your child ahead of yourself – sacrificing the small things such as the last sausage, the big things such as your time and your sleep and giving them endless love and sometimes a few sessions of tears.
So go ahead and celebrate your day on Friday 1 June.
Whether you’ve been a parent for one year or for 60, celebrate every smile, every tear, every sleepless night, and every hug.
Samantha Singer is the marketing manger for FGD, working in our Sydney Office.