Company. Mother’s Day, an outdated tradition?

Pasta necklaces, bouquets of flowers and other pretty attention will be offered Sunday to moms on the occasion of Mother’s Day. But in some homes, this tradition enshrined in law since 1950 no longer really makes sense. So much so that teachers have decided to rename Mother’s Day or not to celebrate it at all, so as to spare children from single-parent families, homoparental families, orphans or victims of domestic violence.

A few days ago, The Parisian dedicated an article to this phenomenon, which has been gaining momentum in recent years. The Ile-de-France daily took the example of several schools across France where Mother’s Day, and a fortiori Father’s Day, have been transformed into a “day of the people we love”.

Attack on traditions or inclusive approach

If this subject is not new, the article of our colleagues has sparked a new controversy on social networks. Many Internet users have protested against what is sometimes considered the absurd abolition of a tradition. Starting with Marine Le Pen: “They want to take everything away from us, even Mother’s Day: let’s not let it go! “said the National Rally candidate for the presidential and legislative elections on Twitter.

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An indignation shared by Julien Aubert, deputy of the Republicans: “They therefore deleted the word “mother”, on the grounds that some had none. We should therefore celebrate Sunday the “parents 1”, then probably on June 19, the “parents 2” ”, he quips. Others, on the contrary, justify this initiative. Also on Twitter, a teacher explains that she wanted to celebrate the “party of the people we love” with regard to “a little boy who no longer sees his father”, “a child who has a fairly tense relationship with his mother” and a student “who no longer has a dad”.

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National Education does not decide

Is Mother’s Day dying out? Hard to say. The precise number of schools where a “party of people we love” or a “Parents’ day” has been established is not known. Because these are local initiatives: the Ministry of National Education ensures that it does not issue “any instruction” on the subject and refers to “the pedagogical freedom of teachers”.

If the phenomenon is difficult to quantify, it is normal that “teachers evolve[ent] with society”, believes in The Latest News from Alsace François Schill, Snuipp-FSU trade unionist. In The ParisianNora Bouaziz, child psychiatrist, however, recalls the importance of rituals, “vectors of transmission of values ​​for a group”.

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