Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - YOUR LETTERS - Jeni Wig­gins

The com­mer­cial world gains as moth­ers and fa­thers are re­mem­bered and fam­i­lies cel­e­brate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. In this time of change we are all aware of the thou­sands of fam­i­lies whose struc­ture does not in­clude a mother or father. The world of com­merce pushes many chil­dren into need­less griev­ing on these days. As a teacher I be­came acutely aware of this when, in my class of 23, there were nine de-struc­tured fam­i­lies, with the chil­dren from these fam­i­lies suf­fer­ing over the ad­ver­tis­ing, card mak­ing and com­pe­ti­tions foisted on them. Surely the time has come to recog­nise the di­ver­sity of par­ent­ing and ac­knowl­edge the fos­ter parents and grand­par­ents who bring up chil­dren in this coun­try. We could drop the cur­rent com­mer­cially driven days and have one Care­giver’s Day. This could also recog­nise those who care for the el­derly, the sick and all who give care to oth­ers.

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