Hey, all you stepfamilies out there… do you have your plans set for National Stepfamily Day that’s coming up on September 16th?
So it’s not the most recognized holiday in the United States…yet. Sure, there’s a National Parents’ Day, which occurs annually on the fourth Sunday in July. Former President Bill Clinton signed the resolution into law not quite a decade ago, which Congress enthusiastically passed—unanimously, if you can believe that. That means at least parents in general are acknowledged.
But what about the, er, stepchild, of family-centric resolutions, one that acknowledges stepparenting?
That one, so far, has been overlooked, underappreciated, and possibly just plain ignored.
RemarriageWorks has put together its take on the top 5 reasons why presidents haven’t yet jumped on this one—a light, tongue-in-cheek look at politics as usual. Here we go:
Reason #5: Economists Haven’t Told Them about the Potential Economic Boost
According to a Pew Research Center survey that was done just last year, at least four in ten adults in the U.S. has at least one steprelative, be it parent, sibling or child. Now, imagine the economic boost to card companies, florists and bakeries across the country if there were only a National Stepfamily Day!
Reason #4: They Didn’t Like their Stepparent
This one may be a bit of a stretch but hey, if you’re President, you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to—and that includes being nice to your stepparent. Though we’re sure all of our presidents who experienced the joys of a stepfamily would never think such a thing.
Reason #3: They Fear Offending the “Traditional” Constituency
America was built on good, old-fashioned traditional family values. Then along came stepfamilies… and no one knew quite what to do with them. The fear may be that, by acknowledging this brand of family, they may lose votes. We don’t want to be jaded—we’re just saying it’s a possibility.
Reason #2: They Don’t Realize How Many Voters They Could Get
Remember that Pew Research Center survey? Presidential candidates and incumbents, take note: there’s a whole group of folks out here who just may be swayed if shown a little holiday love in the form of National Stepfamily Day.
Reason #1: They Don’t Know Their History
If any president doesn’t fit in with that demographic of four in ten adults having a step-someone or other, then they need look no further than some very famous portraits on the walls of the White House.
For instance, George Washington married Martha and became stepdad to two children. Abraham Lincoln was a stepson.
So, if stepfamilies were good enough for George and Abe, they should get the acknowledgement they so richly deserve. We urge our leaders to elevate this platform to where it belongs: on a par with Thanksgiving… at the very least.
Let us know…What is your take on why National Stepfamily Day has yet to take root?