Today, we’re celebrating Father’s Day in Mexico — and in more than 80 countries around the world.
This is the day that we thank and honor fathers, the men who keep our families strong with their love, sacrifices and devotion to their children. We celebrate the men who give 100 percent to their families and encourage their children mentally, physically and emotionally – with a simple hug or a smile, by playing or reading with them, by nourishing them with good food and keeping them safe.
Like mothers, fathers are key contributors to their babies’ lives, especially during the first thousand days. These precious days shape children’s futures. During this brief window of opportunity, babies’ brains can make up to 1,000 new connections every single second. For me, knowing this has made every day as a parent as daunting as it is exciting. And, through it all, dads and moms and caregivers work as a team. I’m especially grateful to the dad in my children’s lives, Tommy, who makes parenting our kids the most fulfilling and joyful experience I could have wished for.
I still remember our unbridled happiness and tears of joy when our babies arrived, that feeling, as parents, that we would do anything and everything to give our children the best start in life. We were fortunate to have choices.
But I also know that many families and children don’t have that experience. It makes me sad to know that around the world, including in Mexico, 250 million children below the age of five face challenges that threaten their development. Helping these children starts with supporting their parents. That means governments must invest in early childhood development services for every child, and businesses must help mothers and fathers better care for their children by providing paid parental leave, breastfeeding spaces, breaks and flexible working hours.
That’s why I’m proud to support UNICEF’s #EarlyMomentsMatter campaign that advocates for environments in which all parents and caregivers can provide the nutrition, protection and stimulation that children need for healthy brain development in the earliest years of life.
So, on this Father’s Day, as a mommy, as a wife and as a UNICEF supporter, I’m proud to celebrate my husband, super dad to Sabrina and Matthew, and all fathers around the world. I’ll be posting this photo in support of UNICEF’s call to super dads everywhere. Please join me by sharing your super dad moment with #EarlyMomentsMatter.