Do something special every November 20 on National Pay Back Your Parents Day. Why? Because it costs googobs of money to raise a child and now that it’s done and you turned out just fine, you can ”pay it forward” to your parents — in cash! Or, do some chores to lighten their loads and put smiles on their faces.
When Mothers’ or Fathers’ Day rolls around each year, we scramble to show our parents appreciation with gifts, outings or time shared. You can also reward your parents by helping with home repairs, chores or paying for cleaning services. But have you ever stopped to consider what your parents really want (or even need) is cold. hard. cash? National Pay Back Your Parents Day gives you the chance to “make it rain” on your parents with greenbacks, checks, certificates of deposit, stocks, bonds, cash cards and coins for all they’ve done for you. Here’s why.
During the 1980’s the United Nations wanted to raise awareness of the important role that parents play in the lives of children. Global Day of Parents, every June 1, is a UN initiative enacted in 2012, recognizing how good parents give their children a strong start in life.
Granted, National Pay Back Your Parents Day on November 20, is a brand new holiday. But you can make some comparison to National Parents Day, which occurs every fourth Sunday in July. In 1994, President Bill Clinton signed a proclamation recognizing “…the role of parents in the rearing of children.” And if you really want to do the right thing today, get prepared to dig deep. According to an article in “USA Today” last year, American parents spend a whopping $233,610 to raise just one child from birth to age 18!
Consider your gift a worthy investment because even seniors who have a retirement nest egg may need some financial help. According to the Congressional Research Service, in 2017 the poverty rate for Americans 65 and over was 9.2% with some fluctuations due to demographics.
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