Mother’s Day is BANNED! Woke preschools and daycare centres to host ‘Parent’ ‘Family Day’ in a bid to be more ‘inclusive’
- Mother’s Day banned by some childcare centres looking to be more ‘inclusive’
- Increasing number of Sydney educators rebranding to ‘Parent’ or ‘Family Day’
- Organisers of inclusive events say renaming means diverse families are included
- However, others rebrand is erasing women in misguided attempt to be inclusive
Celebrating Mother’s Day has been banned in some preschools and childcare centres that have renamed the occasion ‘Parent’ or ‘Family Day’ in a bid to be more ‘inclusive’.
An increasing number of Sydney childcare and early learning centres will host events with non-gendered words to replace female-centric terms like ‘mother’.
The Inner Sydney Montessori School, which has campuses in Rozelle and Balmain, will be celebrating this week with a ‘Parents and Carers’ morning tea.
Another exclusive preschool in the city’s eastern suburbs will follow suit and host a ‘Family Day Breakfast’, the Daily Telegraph reports.
Celebrating Mother’s Day has been banned in some childcare centres that have renamed the national holiday ‘Family Day’ in a bid to be more inclusive (stock image)
A new resource (pictured) from Early Childhood Australia provided educators a guide for including diverse families on Mother’s and Father’s Day
A letter sent home to caregivers said the annual Mother’s Day breakfast had been rebranded to allow ‘all families to be included’.
The shift in thinking was sparked by a new resource from the Early Childhood Australia advocacy group, which provided educators with a guide to including diverse families on Mother’s and Father’s Day.
‘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.’
The resource said educators should give children the option of making a gift for a ‘special adult’ who wasn’t their mum or dad and to avoid gender stereotypes.
An increasing number of Sydney childcare and early learning centres will host events with non-gendered words to replace female-centric terms like ‘mother’ (stock image)
‘Avoid gender stereotypes in children’s crafts,’ the resource advised.
‘Steer away from cards with flowers for mum or ties for dad.’
At a Stanmore Kindergarten in Sydney’s Inner West, organisers last year made the switch to hosting inclusive events for the annual holiday.
Meanwhile at a public school in Bellingen, a small town on the NSW Mid North Coast, volunteers will host a ‘Mother’s and Parent’s Day’ stall.
Parents looking to donate gifts to the initiative were asked by organisers to consider ‘dads who were doing both jobs’ to make sure they felt included.
However, some argue the Mother’s Day rebranding is part of a larger mission to abolish female-related terms and ‘eliminate mums’ (stock image)
However, some argue the Mother’s Day rebranding is part of a larger mission to abolish female-related terms and ‘eliminate mums’.
Women’s Forum Australia chief executive Rachael Wong said the term ‘Parents Day’ currently being touted by a number of Sydney schools was just as insensitive.
Ms Wong argued Parent’s Day would be just as upsetting for children who didn’t have any parents as Mother’s Day was for motherless kids.
She told the Daily Telegraph it was ‘reasonable’ to conclude the renaming was ‘yet another attempt to erase women in a misguided attempt to be ‘inclusive’.’
Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 8 in Australia this year and is not an official public holiday with most businesses to adhere to their regular trading hours.