Sussan Ley, Australia needs a national Grandparent’s Day! 2

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We celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, yet there is no national celebration for grandparents. Grandparents play an important role in the lives of their grandchildren, and can offer young people today many important life lessons. Many grandparents would relish the opportunity to spend extra time with their grandchildren, during a dedicated day.

Starts At Sixty has now started a petition to encourage the Minister for Aged Care, Sussan Ley, to support a national Grandparents Day. New South Wales already celebrates grandmas and granddads on a state Grandparents Day, so we’d like to see this holiday “go national”.

America also has a nationwide celebration for grandparents, observed in September each year. American families observe Grandparents Day with card-giving, story-telling and special activities relating to older family members. Oftentimes, schools and child care facilities put on special performances, which allow children to learn about their older relatives.

An annual Grandparents Day would be an important way for Aussie children to learn more about their grandparents, and to understand their diverse life experiences. Give Australia a Grandparents Day, so that old and young family members can be united on a more regular basis for this special occasion!

Sign our dedicated petition at the link here: 

Would you like to see a national Grandparents Day?

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  1. I’m a 4 time grandmother but I’m not in favour.

  2. No. People like me have kids who have chosen not to have kids. They talked about it all their lives, how the wanted a family. But now they are 38 and 39 and have had spouses for a long time. My nieces did the same thing. But they tried to have kids and failed. They waited too long. Now I have things I’ve saved and planned on passing down to grands and won’t have that privilege. My lineage is gone. Having a Grandparents Day just rubs salt into the wound for me and plenty of others.

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