Childrearing

Why Parents Day Is Stupid And Not A Real Thing

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traditional familyDid you know that today is National Parents Day? Of course you didn’t, because this is not a real thing. I mean, it’s technically a thing, but who the hell actually celebrates it? No one (except Dunkin Donuts, apparently). You know why? Because people just DGAF, especially kids. We already have Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. But Parents Day isn’t merely a day to celebrate moms and dads. Parents Day celebrates “traditional” families and “responsible parenting” (aka straight, cis-gendered, married parents). From the official Parents Day website:

“The establishment of Parents’ Day was the result of a bipartisan, multiracial and interfaith coalition of religious, civic and elected leaders who recognized the need to promote responsible parenting in our society and to uplift ideal parental role models, especially for our nation’s children.

Since the creation of this annual day of commemoration, local faith communities, elected officials and activists throughout the nation have creatively launched many activities around the theme of Parents’ Day designed to celebrate and strengthen the traditional, two-parent family.

The National Parents’ Day Council does not envision Parents’ Day to be yet “another” day to honor parents, but rather a day when parents honor their children and the God-centered family ideal by rededicating themselves to manifest the highest standard of unconditional true love.”

Excuse me while I vomit profusely. These fine Internet commenters pretty much sum up my feelings on the matter:

 

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Tell me again, why do we need yet another day to celebrate the “traditional” family? If you have a traditional, two straight-parent family, then you already benefit from a tremendous set of privileges. Meanwhile folks have been trying to petition for a Gay Parents Day for years now, with little headway.

The idea of an entire separate holiday to celebrate the family unit is just dumb. Every freaking holiday in the U.S. seems to celebrate the traditional family. This reminds of when I hear people ask “What about white history month?” Every month is white history month! And every holiday is a traditional family holiday. Just look at how they market these holidays:

Christmas

(Photo: jbcurio)

(Photo: jbcurio)

Halloween

Easter

But please tell me again how badly we need another holiday to celebrate the traditional, nuclear family. Gag.

I think commenter James Brady from above has an excellent idea. Instead of celebrating another useless, ridiculous parents holiday (albeit one that is apparently 20 years old) why not celebrate Sanity Day? Instead of doling BS consumerist garbage, get yourself a nice six pack and relax.

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