Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Is It Time to Combine Mother's, Father's Days?

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Is It Time to Combine Mother's, Father's Days?

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Byline: Kerri-Anne Mesner

BIRTHDAYS. Valentine's Day. Anniversaries. Mother's Day. Father's Day. Christmas Day.

The list, for many, can appear never-ending.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not a "bah humbug" type.

What I see are too many days that require money being spent to celebrate something or someone in a calendar year.

Yes, we all love the attention and presents given to us on our birthdays.

Or the fun of watching children's faces light up as they open their presents from Santa or family members at Christmas.

But I do think, with the changing structures of families in today's society, that it is time to do away with Mother's Day and Father's Day and have one day where we spoil our parents.

Our society is now made up of single-parent families, or families with two dads, families with two mums, some have two dads and one mum, and others have two mums and one dad.

As a child who grew up in a single-parent family, I know what it is like to have to go through Father's Day without having a father to celebrate.

So I propose Parent's Day.

No matter who your parents are, what sex they are, or how related they are (adopted, foster care families, or just someone who has filled a hole where a parent should have been); we can celebrate their existence, their love for us, their continuous support of us, their unwavering helping hands.

What do you think about this? Should we combine Mother's Day and Father's Day into a Parent's Day?

What you are saying on Facebook:

Peta Jones: Leave Mother's Day and Father's Day alone. Include a Family Day for grandparents, aunts, uncles, step parents, foster parent and any other family combination.

Lorraine Weatherby: Leave it as is. For children with parents that have separated it becomes too difficult. On different days they can spend time with mum or dad but if it's the same day they have to choose. …

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