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National Single Parent Day

Show your appreciation for single parents this National Single Parent Day - give them a break, some love, and support them in any way you can!
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Celebrate National Single Parent Day on March 21 by honoring all the single parents out there! This special day was created in 1984 to recognize and celebrate the hard work of single mothers and fathers across the country. It's a day to recognize their strength, courage, and commitment to their children and families.

History of National Single Parent Day

National Single Parent Day Dates

National Single Parent Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1975</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Start of the Single Parent movement</div><div class='timeline-text'>The single parent community begins making significant strides towards gaining visibility and addressing common issues, largely due to societal shifts and changes in family dynamics.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1979</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Creation of Single Parent Alliance</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Single Parent Alliance of America is founded to provide resources, support, and community to single parents across the nation.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1982</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Rise in Single Parent Family Numbers</div><div class='timeline-text'>An increase in single-parent families in the United States is reported, reflecting changing societal norms and family structures.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1984</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First National Single Parent Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Single Parent Day is established by President Ronald Reagan, marking an important recognition of the efforts and contributions made by single parents nationwide.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Mainstream Representation Increases</div><div class='timeline-text'>Media and entertainment industries begin featuring more single parent characters and narratives, improving representation and reducing stigma.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2021</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic</div><div class='timeline-text'>The struggles faced by single parents become newly highlighted due to the pandemic, leading to increased public awareness and calls for societal support.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Single Parent Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a spa day</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Rather than gifting something, why not organize a spa day for a single parent in your life? Pick out some relaxing activities like a massage, facial, mani/pedi, and wrap it all up with breakfast or lunch out. It’s sure to be an unforgettable experience.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a potluck dinner</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite the single parents in your life to join you for a potluck dinner in celebration of National Single Parent Day. Ask everyone to bring their favorite dish, and enjoy some quality time together.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Send an appreciation card</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take the time to write out an appreciation card for the single parents in your life. Let them know how much you care and appreciate all they do on a daily basis to make sure their children are taken care of.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Plan a movie night</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather some friends and family together and plan a movie night in honor of National Single Parent Day. Bring blankets, pillows and snacks, and enjoy!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Give the gift of time</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Giving the gift of time is one of the most meaningful gifts you can give a single parent. Offer to babysit, help out around the house, or just spend quality time with their children.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Single Parent Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Single parents are incredibly strong and resilient</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Single parents work tirelessly to provide for their families, often with little assistance or support. They juggle work, childcare, and other responsibilities all on their own, rarely stopping long enough to take a break. Recognizing the strength and resilience of single parents is something that deserves its own day!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Single-parent households need extra support</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Single parent households can often struggle financially due to living off of one income. From providing adequate meals to buying everyday necessities like school supplies, raising children in a single-parent home can be difficult without additional support from family, friends, and the community.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a great way to honor single parents around the world</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>National Single Parent Day gives us an opportunity to recognize and appreciate the hardworking individuals who have taken on the role of being both a mother and father figure to their children. Let's use this day as a chance to thank all the amazing single parents out there for being such incredible role models!</p></div></div>

5 Inspiring Nuggets for National Single Parent Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Single Parenthood is Common</h3><p class='facts-content'>According to the Pew Research Center, approximately 23% of kids in the United States live with a single parent - a figure that has tripled since 1960.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Most Single Parents Feel Overworked</h3><p class='facts-content'>A report from Pew Research found that 56% of single parents said they were doing too much, compared to 41% of parents in dual-parent households.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Single Mothers Outnumber Single Fathers</h3><p class='facts-content'>Single mothers make up over three quarters of single parents in the United States.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Single Parents are Resilient and Proactive</h3><p class='facts-content'>In a study published in the "Journal of Happiness Studies", single parents were found to be just as satisfied with their lives as their married counterparts.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Single Parents Highly Prioritize Their Children's Education</h3><p class='facts-content'>According to a Sallie Mae study, single parents spend on average twice as much of their income saving for their children's education as married parents.</p></div></div>

National Single Parent Day FAQs

When is National Single Parent Day?

National Single Parent Day is celebrated on March 21 every year. In 2024 National Single Parent Day will occur on a Thursday.

National Single Parent Day Dates



Mar 21



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