Mother’s Day is to mark that special day in the year when we celebrate the love and sacrifices of a Mom. Similarly, a day in the year has also been dedicated to Fathers (June 20 this year) when we take the opportunity to thank our dads for all their guidance, support and strength. However, over the past few years, there seems to be some strong agenda to overturn celebration of fathers by naming them differently – completely taking away credit for the value they have in a child’s life.
A mum in London has blasted her daughter’s nursery for changing ‘Father’s Day’ to ‘Special’s Day’ to be inclusive of children who do not have dads. 36-year-old Karla Gardner, said she fears her daughter Daisy is being taught ‘Men Don’t Matter’ after the Father’s Day card she made at school was changed to read ‘Happy Special’s Day’.
The mum said that while she praised her three-year-old for the card, she was secretly livid by the ‘bizarre’ change, reported metro.co.uk
Karla, who hails from Islington, said,
When I read “Happy Special’s Day” it angered me. I loved to see the picture and was smiling, but when [Daisy] wasn’t looking, it angered me. Her dad’s in her life. I don’t want her being taught that Daddy isn’t as important as me. Father’s Day was just brushed aside.
I get that not everyone has their dad in their life, but my child does. You’re singling out those who have fathers in their life. I find it bizarre that all of a sudden men don’t matter.
Incidentally, her post in a Facebook group that attracted more than 700 comments and almost 800 reactions, was removed by admins.
Karla said the nursery did not apply the same rule to Mother’s Day, when she received a card from her daughter without issue. She added that Father’s Day was also celebrated as normal last year. The stay-at-home mum added,
For Mother’s Day, I got a card which had photos of her inside it and it said clearly on it “Happy Mother’s Day”. A big fuss was made of it.
As a three-year-old, I might think why is it wrong to have a dad in my life? Why’s it not being recognised?
The wise mom also added,
You’re belittling the man. He’s doing just as much of a job as the woman does.
Speaking about her husband’s reaction, Karla added that Daisy’s dad Ed Odametey, 40, had seen the card but was not bothered. She said,
I had a debate with him arguing his case. He said she’s made me a picture and that’s good enough.
Karla emphasised that Daisy would be making another card for her dad and grandad.
I’m saddened by how many people on this thread lack the compassion or imagination to understand what it must be like to be a child without a father when everyone is celebrating their dads.
Another one wrote,
This isn’t the only way to deal with Father’s Day – and certainly the same approach could be taken with Mother’s Day. But to be so dismissive or angry at teachers trying to be considerate and inclusive of children seems bizarre to me.
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