Mother’s Day Is Cancelled As Primary Schools Stage ‘Parents and Carers’ Day’ To Be More Inclusive in Latest Attack on Aussie Culture
By Kylie Stevens
– Schools and preschools rename Mother’s Day celebrations to include everyone
– Replaced with ‘parents and carers’ events, stalls had gifts for mums and dads
– Not everyone is on board with some perceiving ‘Parents’ day’ just as insensitive
Dozens of NSW schools, preschools and child care centres have revamped Mother’s Day celebrations in an attempt to make the traditional celebrations more ‘inclusive’ in yet another attack on Australian culture.
Stalls, morning teas and assemblies that have traditionally been held to celebrate ‘Mother’s Day’ today (Friday) ahead of Sunday’s celebration have been overhauled in 2022.
Inner Sydney Montessori School replaced its morning tea for mums with a ‘Parent’s and Carer’s’ event.
Stanmore Kindy, in Sydney’s inner-west, renamed its celebration ‘Parent’s Day’ for ‘inclusive reasons’, just weeks after the preschool wished their ‘rainbow’ families a happy Mardi Gras.
Schools and preschools have revamped Mother’s Day celebrations to include all parents
Another ‘up-market’ preschool in the city’s eastern suburbs also followed suit, The Daily Telegraph reported.
At Bellingen Public School on the NSW mid-north coast, the P&C encouraged gift donations for dads and mums for its ‘Mother’s and Parent’s Day’ stall held on Thursday.
‘It was a very successful day and raised over $1,300,’ the school posted online.
‘The students were all so excited to be able to choose their own gifts for the special people in their lives.’
Sydney’s Stanmore Kindy renamed its celebration ‘Parent’s Day’ for ‘inclusive reasons’
Early Childhood Australia recently unveiled a guide on how educators can include ‘diverse’ families in Mother’s day activities.
The guide recommended educators avoid gender stereotypes in children’s crafts by urging children to make a gift for a ‘special adult’.
‘We know Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are important days to celebrate, but they can be tricky for children from diverse families,’ the advice reads.
‘Mother’s Day and Father’s Day present some challenges for families that don’t have a mum and dad.’
‘Steer away from cards with flowers for mum or ties for dad.’
Bellingen Public School (pictured) had gifts for dads as well as mums at its stall on Thursday
No everyone has welcomed the changes.
Women’s Forum Australia chief executive Rachael Wong believes ‘Parent’s Day’ will be perceived by some as just as insensitive as Mother’s Day.
‘Perhaps the change has been made in a bid to be sensitive to those whose mothers are no longer around for various reasons, but what about those who no longer have any parents?’ she told the publication.
‘Given attempts to abolish terms like ‘mother’, ‘women’ and other female-related terms from the public discourse, it is reasonable to suspect that this is yet another attempt to erase women in a misguided attempt to be ‘inclusive’.’
Some have argued that ‘Parents Day’ may be just as insensitive as Mother’s Day