Father’s Day is a very important date for families. We celebrate the men who raised us, guided us during our lives, and supported us in all our steps and decisions. These men we celebrate are not necessarily our biological fathers — sometimes they are our grandfathers, uncles, or brothers, but on many occasions, they are also our mothers.
Not all families are the same — some larger, some smaller, but all equally special in their own way.
When a father figure is absent, the dynamics of the home change a bit on many occasions, and one of these is Father’s Day. As this celebration approaches, many mothers ask themselves uncomfortable questions such as: ‘Is it appropriate for us to celebrate it?’ or ‘How do we celebrate the importance of this figure when we’re single mothers?’
The importance of a symbolism
Although these celebrations may seem empty at times, our children are always caught up in the Father’s Day narrative. But if dad is not at home, for whatever reason, it is important to explain to our little ones that what we are really celebrating is the symbol of the father figure.
Whether it’s a father, grandfather, uncle, brother, or even mom, it’s the symbolism of gratitude and respect for our ancestors that we instill in our children.
We celebrate our fathers not because they are men but because of their role in our lives; we celebrate that they are there for us, give us everything they can, and work very hard to get ahead.
How to celebrate it in a meaningful way
It is sometimes difficult to explain some situations to our children, but it is all a matter of maintaining good communication with them and seeing things from a positive perspective. Celebrating this day should not be an uncomfortable or sad moment; on the contrary, it is a moment to be grateful for all the love and support they receive from the person they see as a parent.
Let’s think about those important people in our lives and dedicate this special day to them. If they are still present, any small detail can be worth a lot and give them that recognition for what they do; if they are no longer with us, a tribute full of symbolism can be really meaningful. Let’s make this a day full of love for them and forget the sad things.
And this applies to all people regardless of age. If your father is gone or was never around, you can celebrate this day with the person who made you feel protected and taken care of, showing them your gratitude and affection.
Just remember, Father’s Day is a day for anyone who dared to raise a child, whether it was theirs or not.