To All Who are Interested in the Welfare of the Family

As the following material indicates, I am requesting that August first of each year be designated Respect for Parents Day. August first will soon be here and I am hoping you will help me encourage the acknowledgment of such a day by signing a proclamation. Every signature I gather brings Respect for Parents Day closer to becoming an actuality

I have no hidden agenda behind my quest for such a day. The idea was born from my labors as a parent who faced many serious problems while raising my three children. As the publisher and editor of a newsletter for and by parents of disruptive and addicted adolescents for five years, I know I was not alone with my struggles.

Things seem only to have become more challenging for parents in recent times.

It is my belief, after studying such problems and talking to many parents who have fought similar battles, that part of the solution to making our families become united and strong is for our children and our society to begin to again recognize the leadership roles parents have and to reinstate the respect for parents that was evident in the past.

Would you be willing to help me by signing it and mailing it back to me? Thank you for your time and consideration.

Why Respect for Parents Day?

The late writer, pastor, speaker and lecturer Dr. Norman Vincent Peale said in his book "Positive Imagining ". . . there is one image that is more important than all the other images combined: the image that you have of yourself."

Consider this: newspaper items, magazine articles, seminars, neighbors, movies and talk-show hosts endlessly discuss "bad parents." Sadly, any parent with a difficult or challenging child is defined as a bad parent. This public opinion is the "permeating influence that exacts obedience to itself." Parents lose self-esteem. This attribute we see as essential for our children, is even more essential for parents.

Psychological theorist Nathaniel Branden says, "Self-esteem has two interrelated aspects: it entails a sense of personal efficacy and a sense of personal worth. It is the integrated sum of self-confidence and self-respect. It is the conviction that one is competent to live and worthy of living."

How can we expect emotionally battered parents to grow strong, competent and empowered if we strip away their self-value? How can emotionally battered parents raise children who feel personal worth if the parents do not feel worthy?

A proclamation declaring August first of each year as "Respect for Parents Day" is being circulated. The day is not to remind children only, that parents deserve and require respect. I hope that everyone--especially those who hold positions having power and influence over families--will pause on August first (if not every day) and consider the value parents have in our society.

Each person willing to sign a proclamation and show their support will help attain our common goal of increased well-being of parents, youth and children. These signed documents will be submitted to representatives in Washington, with the request that "Respect for Parents Day" be celebrated nationally.

Marilyn Anita Dalrymple
P.O. Box 1563
Lancaster, CA 93539

This site is dedicated to Eudora E. Hortin, and the late Herbert Walter Hortin--my parents.
"Respect for Parents Day" is a member of the International Federation for Parent Education
People Who Think Respect for Parents Day is a Good Idea

Signed Proclamations:
Steve Allen, composer, singer, producer, songwriter, author
Antelope Valley California Republican League President (1995-96), Larry D. Lake (approved by all members).
Michael D. Antonovich, Los Angeles County Supervisor
Frank and Kathleen Astourian
Brenda Avadian, M.A., author of "Where's my Shoes? 'My Father's Walk Through Alzheimer's'"
Diane D. Barry, Communications Director of Join Together, a national resource for communities fighting substance abuse.
Richard Bongiorn
Patrick Bradley, Catholic Church of Saint Andrew's Abbey
Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Second District
LeVar Burton, Peaceful Warrior Productions and Star Trek cast member.
Terry Caldwell, Mayor of Victorville
Micheline Cassagnol
Sharon L. Clinton
Tim Conway, actor, comedian.
Ronald V. Dalrymple, retired Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
Deane Dana, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Fourth District
Andrew Davidhazy
Susan Davidhazy
Joseph P. Davies, Councilmember, Palmdale, California
James V. Dipaola, Sheriff Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Middlesex Sheriff's Office
Sheldon Epstein, school board and California Republican League Central Committee member.
Rick Evans, Executive Director, National Family Partnership.
James Jeffra, Lancaster City Council
Greg Ferrier, President Castaic Area Town Council, El Segundo Police Dept., Retired
Laura Frisoli
Charles J. Geacoffe
Tara Gates, Past President, Lancaster Chamber of Commerce.
Anthony Guarina
Helen Gruning, Parent and grandparent
Edward Harris
Tabithalee Howard, parent
Mr. and Mrs. George and Gail Hortin
Mrs. Eudora Hortin
Terence P. Judge, Palmdale City Councilmember
Carl N. Karcher, Owner of Carl's Jr. Restaurants
William J. Pete Knight,Senator, California
James C. Ledford, Jr., Mayor of Palmdale, California
Christina Leshock
Brother Carlos Borromeo Lopez O.S.B., Saint Andrew's Abbey
Iris J. Luckeroth
Mr. and Mrs. Forrest and Sue McElroy
Claire A. McGaffigan
William A. Mc Gaffigan
Howard (Buck) McKeon, U.S. House of Representatives, 25th District.
Mary F. McPeak, board member PARENTS FORUM
David H. McPeak
Odna Milhomme
Gloria Molina, Los Angeles County Supervisor, First District
William (Bill) Morrisett, Mayor, Springfield, Oregon
David J. Myers, Mayor Pro Tem, Palmdale City Council
C.P. Nolte, Rally Chevrolet Group, Palmdale, California
J.L. O'Hare Jr.
Bill Owens, Governor, State of Colorado
George Pederson, Former Santa Clarita Mayor, Retired commander of Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
Mr. Ray Peeler
Mrs. Helen Peeler
Mary Ellen Peterson, M.A., CEO Parents Helping Parents; the National Center on Parent- directed Family Resource Center
Connie and Ted Petit, Sr. Systems Analyst owner of Tozia Ryu Martial Arts School
Thomas E. Pigott, Captain Lancaster Sheriff's Station
Wanda Queen, Parent
Zina Queen, Parent
Elizabeth L.B. Raab, World Family Conference, Vienna Austria
Dawn L. Reichman, Esquire
Commissioner Victor I. Reichman
Frank Roberts, Mayor of Lancaster, California
Arnie Rodio, Past Mayor of Lancaster, California.
James A. Root, Councilmember, Palmdale, California
Mrs. Nyobe Rose, Defense of Children International, Cameron Africa
Caroline Ross
Rebecca Sather
Suzanne Shell, author of Profane Justice: A Comprehensive Guide to Asserting Your Parental Rights
Esther Snyder, founder In-N-Out Burger
Lin G. Squires and Clark Squires, Founders of Mad About Rising Crime (MARC).
Eve Sullivan, Founder of PARENTS FORUM Inc.
Alex Trebek, Host of Jeopardy
Dean Tong, author of Don't Blame Me, Daddy: False Accusations of Child Sexual Abuse
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Visco
Ronnie Watson
Wendy R. Williams, Channel Three News
Helen Wimer
Robert Wolf
John Woodman, legendary UCLA basketball coach
Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Third District
Carole Young, Saint Andrew's Abbey Ceramics
Liwen Zou
*Featured on the Phil St. George Show, KHJ Radio
*Featured in Scott Harris's column, Los Angeles Times
*Good Morning A.V. (Television Talk Show)
*Featured in Christian Science Monitor , Wednesday, July 26, 2000 ("Helping parents do the 'toughest job'")


Whereas self-trust is a necessary quality for parents who raise and guide children, and "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he" Respect for Parents Day will reinforce the worth of parents to themselves and to the citizens of our country; and

Whereas the qualities of competence, worthiness and belongingness empower parents, citizens of our country can foster empowerment of parents by acknowledging the virtues of competence, worth and feelings of belonging by recognizing Respect for Parents Day; and

Whereas the knowledge that all citizens within a community are responsible for the moral fiber of that community, and in a sense are parents in that community, celebration of Respect for Parents Day honors all within that community; and

Whereas people believe that which they are told about themselves, the recognition of Respect for Parents Day will fortify parents' belief that they are valuable and necessary components of our society and will enhance their abilities in that role; and

Whereas the Greek dramatist and great tragic poet of Athens, Aeschylus, believed "Reverence for parents stands written among the three laws of most revered righteousness," the citizenry of this country also acknowledges this fact and proclaims the first day of August, each year to be "Respect for Parents Day."


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Please feel free to copy this proclamation, sign it and mail it to me. Thank you.

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