It’s official! For the first time ever in Jamaica, we now have an official National Children’s Day. By a proclamation of the governor general, he did “hereby, proclaim the third Friday in the month of May annually as National Children’s Day … ” This year, National Children’s Day is May 18.

For the love of our children – National Children’s Day now official in Jamaica – News – Jamaica Gleaner – Wednesday | May 9, 2012.

For this, the inaugural, Children’s Day, the National Child Month Committee is asking for four simple things:

1) For everyone “to honour, esteem, show appreciation and love our children through recognition, treats, tokens, hugs and kisses, words of encouragement etc. helping them to feel special in the same way we honour parents on Mother’s and Fathers’ Day.”;

2) Motorists to keep the headlights on during the day;

3) The media to have child-focused programming;

4) People should wear “sunshine yellow – reflecting the joy of celebration of our children and the prospect for growth for a better future”.

Surely, we must be able to do these simple acts to show support for our children.

What does National Children’s Day mean to you? How will you mark this special day? And what do YOU think we should be doing , as a nation, to make National Children’s Day a meaningful one?