A March to Remember

Here’s a trio of reasons to love the month of March: 

  • Weather: “In like a lion, out like a lamb.”
  • Sports: March Madness
  • Celebration: A day when everyone is Irish!

But wait, there is so much more. Knowing how to create our own meaning and conjure our own fun is a skill that we can draw on all year long. And guess what? Ranging from the significant to the silly and everything in-between, there is something good to honor or indulge in every day of March 2024.

A Family Affair

Here’s my thought: get a jump-start by going out and buying a large calendar or downloading and printing out a template. As you peruse the days of March, decide which you will have some fun with or spread some special joy on, and mark that on your old-time calendar. Now take things a step further by making it a family affair. When you do, you’ll teach the kiddos a valuable life lesson in how to create meaning and joy. You’ll also make it a March to remember. Spoiler alert: There are lots of food-related ideas in this rich sampling of days!

Have Some Fun

March 1: On World Compliment Day, challenge each family member to extend a sincere compliment to one another.

March 2: Celebrate National Read Across America Day by reading out loud, to one another, or visiting a library to pick up a new book.

March 6: On National Oreo Cookie Day, surprise the kids with cookies and milk for their snack.

March 12: On National Girl Scouts Day – founded in 1912 – get the kids outside and encourage them to immerse their fingers in the thawing earth in anticipation of spring!

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Sunday, topping off the ultimate “green” weekend, so buy a shamrock plant and engage the kids in making a traditional corned beef and cabbage feast.  Research timeless Irish folklore and jokes: Be Irish, if only for a day!

March 19: Certified Nurses’ Day gives your family the opportunity to honor a nurse in your life. Surprise him or her with a bunch of daffodils, perhaps?

The Spring Equinox is also on the 19th this year. It is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the arrival of spring by planting flowers or making a special spring dish.

March 22: On National Daffodil Day, buy some daffodils for yourself and then give a gift to a neighbor or, maybe a teacher in your life.

March 23: Don’t hold back on National Chip and Dip Day. Encourage the kids to help find a healthy or healthier chip and dip recipe.

March 26: Yay! It’s National Spinach Day! Switch things up by challenging the kids to find a “fun” spinach recipe. Frittata anyone?

March 29: Go all out on National Mom and Pop Business Owners’ Day. As always, small businesses appreciate your support. Make a point of stopping in, thanking them for what they bring to the community and leaving with goods in tow.

March 30: Get out there on Take a Walk in the Park Day and establish a new family tradition that includes regular walks in the great outdoors.

March 31: National Farm Workers’ Day falls on a Sunday this year, so plan ahead to make a field trip to a working farm. When you get there, be sure to use the opportunity to thank the folks who help to bring healthy, fresh food to your family table!


March 31st is also Easter Sunday. Don’t miss this significant opportunity to engage your children in this meaningful holiday by embracing time-honored traditions or creating new traditions to cherish.


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