Celebrating National Siblings Day

It’s National Siblings Day.  Why should you be celebrating?  Because if you’re like me, and have twins, you know that they will always have each other, and that’s worth cracking opne the champagne. Your twins know the special bond they have. They’ll be fighting one minute, and inseparable the next and that’s ok.  That’s what sibling are all about.

 

Siblings are great.  I grew up in a house with 3 brothers.  I know.

 

According to Wikipedia,

Siblings Day (sometimes called National Siblings Day or National Sibling Day) is a holiday recognized annually in some parts of the United States on April 10, honoring the relationships of siblings.

Unlike Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, it is not federally recognized, though the Siblings Day Foundation is working to change this. Since 1998, the governors of 49 states have officially issued proclamations to recognize Siblings Day in their state. From its American beginnings the observation has become international, spreading as far as India and Australia.

 

The holiday was originally conceived by Claudia Evart to honor the memory of her brother and sister, both of whom died at early ages. The organization was incorporated in 1997 and achieved non-profit status in 1999.

Carolyn Maloney, then U.S. Representative for New York’s 12th congressional district, officially saluted the holiday and introduced it into the official Congressional Record of the United States Congress on September 26, 2005.

 

How Should You Celebrate?

 

Anytime there’s a reason to celebrate something you should take advantage of it, and National Siblings Day is no exception.

 

 

 

 

Here are 5 easy ways to fly your sibling flag, and let your brothers or sisters know that they are important to you! (and hopefully they’ll do the same!)

 

 

 

Travel Back in Time Together. Do something together that you did as kids.  Is it a favorite restaurant you went to with Mom and Dad?  What about that skating rink where they helped you lace up your skates for the first time?  Make sure it’s somewhere that used to find the two of you laughing.  Because laughing is what having siblings is all about!

Rebels with A Cause. Get together for a movie night. If there was one movie your parents forbid you from watching, there was probably a dozen. Was it horror movies because they were worried about bad dreams?  Or those funny ‘R’ Rated comedies because bad language?  Hit up Netflix, share a bowl of popcorn, and flash back to your childhood with these classic flicks.

Make Amends What did you do back then to your sibling that you regret?  Maybe it was that work you put in her shirt, or the toy of theirs you accidentally broke. Today is the day to apologize. Clear the air forever, and move on!

Treat Them!  Who knows a person better than their sibling?  Do something special for them that most people wouldn’t know.  Maybe your brother is a sports fan.  Send them a frame for that autograph they’ve been hanging on to since childhood.  Was your sister always a fan of chocolate?  Maybe it’s time to send her some of the favorite candy she liked growing up. Your siblings are special, so treat them that way!

Conference Call.  The only people more special than your siblings are the two that created them!  After all…If it wasn’t for Mom and Dad, you or your brothers or sisters wouldn’t exist!  Plan a conference call with your clan, and if your mother or father are still alive, include them in the chat. It’ll be just like old-times, except you won’t be forced to eat your vegetables.

So get out there and be a role-model for your twins.  Reach out to your siblings for the occasion and make a tradition out of it!  Maybe even get your kids involved so they carry on the practice when they get older. You’ll be glad you did!

 

Kevin Zelenka

Kevin Zelenka

Kevin is a freelance writer and the stay-at-home father of twin toddlers. He admits that it’s the hardest and most rewarding position he’s ever held. He, his very patient wife, and his rambunctious boys live in Henderson, Nevada. When he’s not telling his sons not to ride the dog or trying to figure out how toast ended up under the couch, he can be found on his blog, http:doubletroubledaddy.com
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Kevin is a freelance writer and the stay-at-home father of twin toddlers. He admits that it’s the hardest and most rewarding position he’s ever held. He, his very patient wife, and his rambunctious boys live in Henderson, Nevada. When he’s not telling his sons not to ride the dog or trying to figure out how toast ended up under the couch, he can be found on his blog, http:doubletroubledaddy.com

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