As we approach Mother's and Father's Day, it's important to remember that not everyone has a traditional mother or father figure in their lives. Therefore, it's important to celebrate all parents and caregivers, regardless of gender, family structure, or circumstances.
Mother's and Father's Day can be challenging for many people. Some may have lost a parent or have a strained relationship with their parents. Others may have two dads, two moms, a single parent, or caregivers who are not biologically related. We can create a more inclusive and welcoming school community by acknowledging all types of parents, caregivers, and family structures.
It's important to remember that parenthood is not limited to those who have biological children. Many types of caregivers include grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, foster parents, and adoptive parents. Each of these caregivers plays an important role in a child's life and should be celebrated for their love and dedication.
Inclusivity means recognizing and honoring the diversity of families and the roles that different caregivers play in children's lives. It means celebrating all parents' and caregivers' love, commitment, and sacrifices, regardless of gender or family structure.
So, as you prepare and consider activities around students celebrating mothers and fathers, be mindful of how the day is communicated. In addition, stay away from creating gifts or cards specifically for Mother’s or Father’s Day. Instead, consider using language like family, parent, or caregiver day, which is more inclusive and takes out gender roles. Duke School is committed to recognizing the many types of parents and caregivers, all of which deserve to be celebrated.
Here is a resource that provides articles and teaching resources. I hope you continue these conversations with your children as we look ahead to these holidays and celebrate those that uplift and celebrate us every day.