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to hate fathers day/ mothers day activity sessions.

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oxfordcomma75 Fri 13-Jun-14 09:57:15

So hard on those who do not have a mother or father or another adult of the right gender to take the place. Or just that the father or mother has to work.
Ds was in tears this morning as dh was called into office atthe last minute and there are no other male relatives who can attend.

BuzzardBird Fri 13-Jun-14 17:34:13


Christmas is hard for people who are alone or have lost loved ones too, but I understand that others are enjoying it.

BackforGood Fri 13-Jun-14 17:38:22

That's the same with any "bring a parent in" activity session though - but I wouldn't call for the other children to miss out just because it's difficult for some of us.

GoblinLittleOwl Fri 13-Jun-14 18:29:39

I wish schools would stop doing this; it is not part of the curriculum and it is very hard on increasing numbers of children whose parents cannot take time off work eg teachers. We both found it very hard to attend even school plays and parent consultations, always held in school time, never after school, and we both worked for different authorities some distance away.

CrohnicallyExhausted Fri 13-Jun-14 18:35:49

There is a reason behind schools inviting parents in though- it's to make school and teachers seem more accessible to parents and to tick OFSTED boxes Some of our parents haven't set foot in a school since they were children, and remember being belittled by teachers or feeling thick because they weren't as academic as others. It's nice to be able to change their opinions of us by inviting them to see how our school works. And by inviting parents to share low-pressure, positive moments like assemblies, we do get more support at times like parents evenings, or if we need to speak to a parent because a child is having problems.

BuzzardBird Fri 13-Jun-14 18:36:15

I do apologise, I did not read the title properly. YANBU, our school have never done this and I don't see any reason for it to happen. There are plenty of children with no-one who can stand in for an errant parent or in a few cases parents that have sadly died. It's not necessary and I don't see how any child benefits from it.

CrohnicallyExhausted Fri 13-Jun-14 18:38:22

oxford I'm sorry that your DS was upset by it, but he won't have been the only child without an adult present. Was he maybe more upset by thinking his father was going to be there and then him having to cancel?

Sirzy Fri 13-Jun-14 18:40:48

There are always going to be lots of children who's parents can't get a day off, that doesn't mean the activities shouldn't be held.

We haven't heard from DS father since he was 7 weeks old but I wouldn't then call on stopping others doing Father's Day activities.

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