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The "Day of the elderly who love us", the alternative of a school to Father's and Mother's Day to celebrate all types of families

In many countries, Father’s Day and Mother’s Day are celebrated during these dates, two special and important dates in which the important and loving work of both in the upbringing and care of children is recognized.

However, although traditionally families were made up of mother, father and children, family models have evolved over the years and there are currently many children who are in the care of grandparents, uncles or adoptive or foster families, is that in some places they have decided to replace the celebrations of Father’s Day and Mother’s Day so as not to leave anyone out .

This is what a school in Canada has done, whose name is unknown but thanks to the publication of a mother, it has gone viral after proposing a day in which all adults responsible for caring for and raising children are recognized:

dear families,

As we approach the months when Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are celebrated, we have been thinking of a way in which we can include the diverse families that exist in our society today.

Therefore, so that all our wonderful students can feel included in the creation of a card or a small gift, we will celebrate the “Day of the elderly who love us” as an alternative.

We look forward to working with all students to recognize those special people for them!

The publication, which has been shared more than 25,000 times, has been filled with positive comments celebrating the school’s decision, especially since traditional celebrations can be difficult for children who do not have a father or a mother , who are under the guardianship of some family or who are with a host family.

Some people have thought that changing Father’s and Mother’s Day for the one proposed by the school is silly, however, some comments have taken it upon themselves to clarify and share why it is actually a very nice initiative:

This is not something against mothers and fathers. We will still be celebrated, but this is just a way to make those children who do not have this model at home feel included and can take part in this celebration. It is an idea great ,” comments a mother.

And as the mother who has made the publication mentions in a separate comment, this does not mean that the days in which mothers and fathers are traditionally celebrated are annulled:

I’m getting some feedback from people who think this is very silly, but the school my kids attend has a lot of kids who are in foster care. A lot of them don’t call them ‘mom’ or ‘dad’ but they love them.” as if they were. This is a very inclusive way for the school to include children who don’t see much of their mom or dad, or don’t see them at all. Until they find themselves in that situation and see how sad what the kids are wearing, please don’t say anything. Also, this isn’t depriving us of those celebrations. You can still celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day as you see fit on the appropriate day. This is just to make sure all the children in the school feel included,” he explains.

Personally, I agree that it is a positive initiative whose sole objective is to make children happy, so that everyone can celebrate this day with those who care and love them, regardless of the type of family they have, be it traditional, single parent, separated, homoparental, adoptive, foster, assembled or reconstituted.

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