A Canadian school has cancelled Mother's and Father's day gifts in an effort to be more inclusive to kids from diverse family backgrounds.
I think disapointed is an understatement
The school sent the kids home with a letter explaining their new stance...
"As Mother's Day and Father's Day approach we have met as a Primary team to discuss our core values. In an effort to celebrate diversity, inclusivity, and also nurture our students who are part of non-traditional families, we have decided to encourage those celebrations to take place at home. Due to this, the children will not be making gifts at school to give on Mother’s and Father’s day. We feel each family knows the best way to celebrate with their own family. Thank you for your understanding.”
A frustrated mum posted a picture of the note online where it has been shared thousands of times. People are fairly split over the issue.
"Had to post this." the mum began.
"I think disapointed is an understatement. This will be the first year that we don't get gifts crafted with love from our kids, and since we only have one little one now it makes it all that much worse.
"I dont understand why we, as Canadians, need to give up our traditions that have been passed through generations. I welcome all races and ethnicities, but forcing us to give up things that are important to us as Canadians is crap. And it doesnt even have anything to do with religion? You cant celebrate your Mum and Dad?
People were quick to jump in with their own opinions.
"There is no better feeling than watching the pure excitement and pride in your child when they give you the treasure they lovingly made for you. The secret work at school finally unveiled... I will miss it." one mum wrote.
Others were more supportive of the decision point out that "Not everyone has a mom or dad."
Where do you stand? Is the school's new rule a good move, or a step in the wrong direction?