About the event
Father's Day is a special occasion that gives us the chance to honor and appreciate the remarkable men who have played a significant role in our lives. In the UK, Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June. It is a day to recognize fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers, and paternal figures who have been instrumental in shaping us.
On this day, people come together to celebrate the love, dedication, and unwavering support provided by these individuals. It's a time for families to express their gratitude and affection through various gestures of appreciation, such as heartfelt messages, thoughtful gifts, or spending quality time together engaging in special activities.
How to approach it
While the day is primarily centered around celebrating fathers, it is also essential to acknowledge the diverse experiences of fatherhood and be mindful that this day can evoke a mix of emotions for many. Some students may have lost their fathers, some may have strained relationships with them, and others may have non-traditional family structures, such as having two mothers. Sensitivity and empathy towards different experiences are crucial here.
One way to broaden the focus of this day is to consider paternal figures and the values associated with fatherhood. This is an opportunity to recognize all paternal figures who have shown us love, guidance, and support and to explore the values that define fatherly care. Encourage your class to explore different father figures in their lives, such as grandfathers, uncles, brothers, close family friends, or mentors who have taken on a paternal role. Prompt them to reflect on what these individuals do for them and what it means to act in a fatherly way. Discuss the lessons and values that can be learned from fatherly figures.
Father's Day is a day to celebrate all the paternal figures in our lives. What do you think it means to be a paternal figure? Fathers are the most obvious example, but can you think of any other fatherly figures in your life?