Children are tiny lights; they share their bright energy, curiosity and unique wisdom with everyone who will listen. In Canada, every November 20th we celebrate these small beings with big voices on National Child Day.

National Child Day has been celebrated since 1993 as a way to honour the United Nations adoption of two documents based on children’s rights: the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1959, and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1989.

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The basis of these documents is a commitment that echoes what every parent wants for their child – to ensure our children, our future, are treated with dignity and respect, are free from harm, have their basic needs met and have every opportunity to reach their full potential.

How can you and your family celebrate this special day? Since it falls on a Sunday, how about a dinner out at a favourite family-friendly restaurant, followed by a rousing round of bowling? A long blustery walk to a favourite ice cream parlour could be a welcome icy treat. If the weather is too dismal, then a cozy evening in, with your favourite board games and some stove-top popcorn, is also a great option that your kids will love.

If you’d prefer to celebrate with families in your community, check out events happening in Burnaby, City of Burnaby events, or the National Child Day website for fun printable activity sheets, and helpful resources for parents, caregivers and children of all ages.

However you celebrate National Child day, know that the light in your child is fostered every day by your love and care. Just saying a simple phrase like “I love you and I’m so proud to be your parent” will ensure that light shines for years to come.