Sydney Preschool Bans Mother's Day Over Fears Other Family Types Are Excluded
In a headline that is likely to cause everyone to shout 'political correctness gone mad', it seems as though a Sydney preschool is trying to make sure that everyone is kept happy, yet ironically pissing a bunch of people off.
The Learn and Laugh early childhood centre in Drummoyne has reportedly told parents that Mother's Day won't be celebrated because there could be children in single-parent families, gay families, or raised by guardians.
An email has been dished out to mums and dads, saying: "We have spent a lot of time discussing and reflection on this and believe we want to be a more inclusive centre.
"We want to include all families here at Learn and Laugh regardless of their family dynamics.
"Instead, we have decided to do family and friends day at different times throughout the year. That way anyone close to the children can come and take part."
A little less than 16 percent of Aussie families are run by one parent, according to ABS figures, via 10 Daily, which is an interesting statistic. But it's not like they're not going to see Mother's Day advertising and paraphernalia everywhere in the lead up to the big day.
It follows a similar move by a Sydney primary school to ban kids giving out birthday party invites in case people not invited get upset.
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Mosman Public School was reportedly also told kids that they weren't allowed to talk about these events in the lead-up, again, in case someone was hurt. So no invites and no getting excited about these events.
Parents were told to get the email addresses of their kid's friend's parents in order to send them the invite.
People certainly weren't impressed with the move and called it a step too far.
One person wrote: "First there was helicopter parenting now there's helicopter schooling. Far out stop protecting kids from disappointment and getting hurt. How on earth are they going to learn resilience of we keep protecting them? Stupid idea."
Another added: "Instead of building resilient children who become successful adults. Let's build self-entitled, over indulged brats with zero coping skills."
It sounds like a recipe for disaster but hey, each to their own. It'll be interesting to see whether the move works but you're dealing with young kids, they get upset everyday about the smallest things.
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