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A mum was left fuming when her daughter's nursery renamed Father's Day, sending her home with a card reading 'Special's Day'.
Karla Gardner, from London, accused the nursery of teaching kids that 'men don't matter', saying her heart sank when three-year-old daughter Daisy Odametey handed over the card.
The 36-year-old saw her daughter's painting of her dad, Ed Odametey, 40, but she said she was furious at the change.
Stay-at-home mum Karla posted it on Facebook, gathering hundreds of comments, with the image being taken down by the admin on the group because it caused too much controversy.
Karla has now said that nurseries should find other ways to be inclusive, saying Special's Day 'belittles' the men in children's lives.
She said: "When I picked her up in the afternoon, I had no idea they were doing Father's Day cards, she just came out with it.
"When I looked at it and it said Happy Special's Day, it angered me.
"I was told [by the nursery] that it was not fair for children without dads to make Father's Day cards.
"Last year she did a Father's Day card, what's new this year?
"For Mother's Day, I got a card which had photos of her inside it and it said clearly on it 'Happy Mother's Day'. A big fuss was made of it.
"As a three-year-old, I might think 'why is it wrong to have a dad in my life? Why's it not being recognised?'
"You're belittling the man. He's doing just as much of a job as the woman does.
"I did a bit of research on where Mother's Day and Father's Day originated from.
"Mother's Day was invented in 1917 by a women's group to promote women's rights, while Father's Day was invented in 1910 to recognise a man who raised his five children as a single father.
"I come from a family where I'm fortunate to have my mum and dad. My siblings are all still married.
"Not all children don't have their dad. Some of those children whose dad doesn't live with them, they still have a relationship with them.
"I know people who make Father's Day cards and give it to their granddad or uncle. This is just shutting them out.
"We'll be making another card. We will do one for grandad as well."
Karla said of the attention her Facebook post received: "I didn't expect it to get that bizarre.
"I got a lot of people putting comments saying 'just do your own cards at home', but this is something they've done at school on their own. It's a little bit more special.
"There were over 700 comments within the first half an hour. Admin had to turn off comments.
"There were a lot of mixed comments.
"Some comments were about a lot of children not living with their dad and maybe don't want to be reminded of Father's Day, but a lot of children don't live with their mother.
"Ed's seen the card and he's relaxed. He said 'it's cool with me because mother's do more'.
"I had a debate with him arguing his case. He said 'she's made me a picture and that's good enough'."
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