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Including diverse families on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day

We are excited about a new resource supporting LGBTQ+ families at schools on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

We know Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are important days to celebrate, but they can be tricky for children from diverse families. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day present some challenges for families that don’t have a mum and a dad. Schools can be supportive of all families by honouring how individual families choose to celebrate the day.

Schools can put an emphasis on all of the loving relationships a child has instead of a specific relationship they may not have. Some families make the day about other people in their child’s life, including grandparents, older siblings, or friends of the family.

Our resource has five simple things that schools and early learning centres can do to include diverse families. The most important thing that schools can do to support families is to ask how individual families would like their child to celebrate the day. If your child’s school doesn’t start this conversation with you it is worth you approaching the school to talk about how you would like the day celebrated for your family. 

You can download the resource here and send it to your child’s school or early learning centre in the lead up to next Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.  

Watch our webinar on parent's advocacy in the lead up to Father's Day this year here and access the slides from the discussion here

Watch our webinar on how educators can be inclusive of diverse families this Father's Day here.

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