Company. Is Mother’s Day an outdated tradition?

On Mother’s Day, on Sunday, mothers will be presented with necklaces of pasta, bouquets of flowers and other beautiful gifts. But in some homes, this tradition, which has been in law since 1950, doesn’t really make sense anymore. So much so that teachers decided to rename Mother’s Day or not celebrate it at all, to save children from single-parent families, homo-parent families, orphans or victims of domestic violence.

A few days ago, Parisian devoted an article to this phenomenon, which has gained momentum in recent years. The newspaper Ile-de-France took an example from several schools in France where Mother’s Day is celebrated. a fortiori Father’s Day has been transformed into “the day of the people we love”.

Attack on tradition or inclusive approach

Although this topic is not new, the article of our colleagues ignited a new discussion on social networks. Many Internet users protested against what is sometimes considered the absurd removal of a tradition. Starting with Marine Le Pen: “They want to take everything from us, even Mother’s Day: Let’s not quit! Said the National Rally candidate for the presidential and legislative elections on Twitter.

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An outrage shared by Republican aide Julien Aubert: “So they deleted the word ‘mother’ on the grounds that some didn’t. So we should celebrate “parent 1” on Sunday, then “parent 2” probably on June 19,” he jokes. Others, on the contrary, justify this attempt. Also on Twitter, a teacher explains that she wants to celebrate a “party of people we love” regarding “a little boy who no longer sees his father”, “a boy who has a rather strained relationship with his mother”. A student who “no longer has a father”.

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National Education does not decide

Is Mother’s Day dying? It’s hard to say. The exact number of schools where a “party of people we love” or “Family Day” is established is unknown. Because these are local initiatives: the Ministry of National Education ensures that it does not issue “any instructions” on the subject and refers to the “pedagogical freedom of teachers”.

If the phenomenon is difficult to measure, it is normal for “teachers to evolve”.[ent] with society”, believes Latest News from Alsace François Schill, Snuipp-FSU trade unionist. Inside ParisianHowever, child psychiatrist Nora Bouaziz reminds us of the importance of rituals, which are “vectors for the transmission of values ​​for a group.”