Sydney schools have conserved activities for Mother’s Day because they just aren’t included in 2022.
Several educational and children’s institutions renamed the event, trying to make everyone feel wanted.
The Montessori School in Sydney this week decided to celebrate a “morning tea for parents and guardians” that replaced the traditional day set aside for matriarchs.
Another preschool on the East Coast has followed in its footsteps and called its annual event a “family breakfast”.
This comes at a time when early childhood Australia sent educators a booklet, Rainbow Families, explaining how different families can be included on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
“We know that Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are important days to celebrate, but they can be difficult for children from different families,” the statement said.
It went on to say that these days could “pose some problems” for families that had neither mother nor father.
“Schools can support all families by honoring the way individual families choose to celebrate this day,” the statement said.
“Schools can focus on all the love relationships that a child has, not on specific relationships that they may not have.”
The newsletter also said that educators should ask families how they would like their child to celebrate this day.
He also advised them to allow children to make a gift for a “special adult” – and not necessarily for a mother or father.
“Avoid gender stereotypes in children’s crafts. Give up postcards with flowers for mom or ties for dad, ”it says.
Educators said not to let the child stay alone if they have no one to come to the event, there was a suggestion that the teacher could sit with them.
“Use this day to talk about different families … Not every family has one mom and one dad,” the statement said.
“Make it safe to celebrate any child support relationship. Give books in class that show different types of families. ”