Last month on Mother’s Day, we overheard a young dad offering well wishes to a fellow friend, an elderly mom. The mom extended a kind “thanks” in return, and then shared with a smile:
“Mother’s Day, Father’s Day – they’re really the same thing. We should just have one ‘Parents Day,’ because parents raise kids together these days. Everyone has the same job. We’re all celebrating today, and I hope you have a great day, too!”
That’s some seriously wise knowledge from a veteran mother.
This mom was probably born about a decade after women finally gained the right to vote, so she’s seen changing societal roles and struggles for equality – all while being raised during a time when women didn’t typically work outside the home.
If any person has a reason to be set in her ways or subscribe to old-fashioned thinking, it would be her.
Yet instead, she has it all figured out. She gets it. She knows parenting isn’t a one-sided affair where one gender takes the lead, the other serves as an assistant or part-time helper. She knows dads are just as competent, instinctual, effective and equal as moms when it comes to parenting.
Why don’t companies and their marketing employees think the same?
Technically, there is a Parents’ Day in the United States, held on the fourth Sunday of July. However, that holiday hardly has the traction of its individual counterparts.
The truth is, we need holidays to celebrate each parental unit. Moms and dads are different, and they parent different – and we say celebrate that.
So, let’s keep things the way they are, but recognize that no holiday is more important than the other. We all have a father and a mother, whether we know them or not.
They deserve a day to be honored individually.
And they’re equal parents in every way.