Sunday, June 15, 2014
"This week we are celebrating Father's Day!! We will be discussing all types of fathers (ex: fathers, stepfathers, uncles, grandfathers, or brothers). We are asking if friends can bring in pictures of their father/ stepfather/ uncle/ grandfather/ or brother, who whoever they consider a father figure [so] that we can discuss them during circle time."
I can remember crying about Father's Day once, either before LB was born or right after, imagining her sitting at a little desk with no father to write for. This year, we spent time with Granddad for Father's Day, and I think that made everyone happy. Otherwise Father's Day has so far been a non-issue. Maybe it will be as LB gets older. I think we do the right stuff when the issue of dads comes up. We're mater of fact, we don't try to shield LB from the world of fathers (it wouldn't be creepy to black out all the fathers in her books with sharpie, right?), but we don't make a big deal out of it. But even if you say all the right things, some kids will feel being different more strongly than other kids, and there's nothing to do about that but wait.
Daycare is doing us some favors, because, while we may be the only two-mom family, there are plenty of other families that are not mom/dad. LB's reality is that some families have two moms, and some have one mom, and others have a dad, or a grammy. I declare this a Father's Day without tears.