Forgiveness can be one of the most difficult things that a person can do throughout their life, especially if it involved your parents.
However, not many people know how to approach their parents, as their childhood can determine the levels of anger and pain that exhibit in everyday life.
Forgive Mom & Dad Day focuses on starting on that path of forgiveness and taking the time to care for yourself in the process.
History of Forgive Mom & Dad Day
Created and founded by Thomas and Ruth Roy of Wellcat Holidays, Forgive Mom & Dad Day focuses on finding forgiveness with your parents. No matter your relations with your parents, forgiving them can be the best thing you can do for yourself.
By holding on to the negative emotions that come from the past, it can greatly affect the way you for adult relationships in the future and affect the way you interact with the world and yourself.
Anger and resentment that comes from the past is expendable energy that can never be returned, and holding on to negative emotions can greatly deplete the quality of life you can have.
Forgiving your parents doesn’t happen overnight; it takes time and effort in doing so if you desire to heal wounds and form meaningful relationships again with your parents.
Forgive Mom & Dad Day is about the process of healing because to begin requires a level of emotional vulnerability that many people have a hard time doing.
In these cases, emotional responsibility is what truly makes forgiveness viable, because by taking responsibility for the emotions you experience, you can have a higher understanding of the responsibility your parents have while still being able to forgive them and heal your wounds.
How to Celebrate Forgive Mom & Dad Day
Celebrate this day by beginning the life-long process of forgiveness. If you don’t know where to start, begin by talking with a therapist about your past experiences. See if they can offer some tips on how to better communicate with your parents.
Take the time to process the pain your feeling, because by understanding that although the past can’t be erased, you can still move forward with your life by not dwelling on the past, recognizing the patterns in yourself, and recognizing the humanity in every person out there.
If you feel you’re ready, speak with them and tell them about your childhood experiences and what you felt. Forgive them on this day, whether it’s for them or for yourself.
Share this holiday on social media using the hashtag #forgivemom&dadday if you feel it can benefit people you know and love.