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Rebalancing the Celebrations: Embracing Modern Parenthood on Mother’s and Father’s Day

Whilst Mother's Day and Father's Day currently exhibit different levels of vibrancy, there is a growing recognition of the profound impact fathers have on their families.

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In the realm of familial celebrations, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day occupy prominent places, yet their vibrancy and societal resonance often diverge. This contrast speaks volumes about cultural expectations, familial roles, and evolving perceptions of parenthood. 

Mothers are naturally closer to the family, more involved, and often viewed as nurturers, while fathers tend to be more distant, typically playing the role of the provider rather than an active family member. These circumstances create varied bonds within the family, which become especially evident during the celebrations of these two important days.

Every year, Mother’s Day blooms with an effusion of flowers, heartfelt cards, and elaborate gestures. Restaurants overflow with brunch-goers, and social media platforms are awash with glowing tributes to maternal love and sacrifice. The day is marked by a palpable energy that celebrates the nurturing, unwavering presence of mothers in our lives. Father’s Day, by contrast, often feels muted. 

The gifts lean towards the practical—ties, tools, gadgets—accompanied by simpler, less elaborate celebrations. This disparity can be partly attributed to traditional societal roles where fathers have been viewed predominantly as providers rather than nurturers. This historical framework has fostered a distance, often resulting in a weaker emotional bond between fathers and their children.

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Fathers, traditionally cast in the role of breadwinners, often spend substantial portions of their lives at work, striving to secure their family’s financial stability. This role, while crucial, sometimes overshadows their presence at home, reducing opportunities for bonding with their children. The societal expectations that men should prioritize their careers over their families have further entrenched this divide. However, the role of fathers is evolving. 

Modern fatherhood embraces a more balanced approach, integrating emotional availability and active participation in child-rearing. Fathers today are changing diapers, attending school events, and engaging in bedtime stories, creating deeper connections with their children. This shift is pivotal in reshaping how Father’s Day is celebrated and perceived.

Fathers deserve to be celebrated not only for their indispensable role as providers but also for their profound contributions as caregivers, mentors, and role models. Their guidance, unwavering support, and unconditional love play pivotal roles in shaping the development and character of their children. 

By acknowledging and celebrating these multifaceted contributions, we not only honor fathers but also strengthen familial bonds. However, for these bonds to flourish, fathers must actively engage with their families and prioritize spending quality time together, even amidst busy schedules. By making a conscious effort to be present and involved in their children’s lives, fathers can pave the way for deeper connections and meaningful reasons to celebrate on Father’s Day and beyond.

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To elevate Father’s Day to the vibrant celebration it deserves, several changes can be considered. It is essential to promote emotional connection by encouraging activities that foster bonding and open conversations. Shifting the focus from practical gifts to personalized gestures like handmade cards and heartfelt letters can reflect a deeper appreciation for fathers’ unique roles. 

Public recognition through media and community platforms can celebrate the emotional and nurturing aspects of fatherhood, breaking down stereotypes and showcasing the multifaceted nature of modern fathers. 

Advocating for workplace policies that support work-life balance can enable fathers to be more present and engaged. Additionally, guardians, fathers and mothers should teach young men the importance of emotional involvement can foster a culture of active fatherhood from an early age, creating lasting change.

Whilst Mother’s Day and Father’s Day currently exhibit different levels of vibrancy, there is a growing recognition of the profound impact fathers have on their families. By celebrating fathers not just as providers but as integral parts of the emotional and nurturing fabric of the family, we can create a more balanced and inclusive appreciation for parenthood. 

As we continue to evolve, so too should our celebrations, reflecting the deep and enduring contributions of both mothers and fathers in our lives.

Rose Yusuph is a lawyer and a concerned citizen, championing equality and access to justice. She can be reached at The opinions expressed here are the writer’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of The Chanzo. If you are interested in publishing in this space, please contact our editors at

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