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Should We Honor Single Mothers on Father’s Day?

For many of us, our fathers are our entire world.

He’s our first co-conspirator—allowing us to have dessert before dinner, or adding a few extra dollars to our allowance --as long as we promise “not to tell mom.” He’s wiped away our tears and bandaged our bloody knees. We’ve shared inside jokes and leaned on him when times were tough. He’s served as our original bodyguard, trying his best to protect us from broken hearts and bad choices.

But for the rest of us, our mother has been all of these things.

She’s cheered for us on the sidelines of sporting events. She’s helped us navigate the challenges of life and defended our honor wherever she could. She’s bragged about our intelligence and amazing talents to anyone who’d listen. And she’s stepped up where dad wouldn’t...or couldn’t.

Some would say Mother’s Day is enough. Mom has her day. We shower her with flowers, brunches, and trips to the spa. She doesn’t get to celebrate in May and again in June!

And yet, there are those mothers who acknowledge their role as both mother and father. Provider, protector, supporter, nurse, and best friend. They have embodied it all. Would they turn down the opportunity to be honored twice a year?

Or perhaps we shouldn’t rely on a specific day at all. Maybe we should find small ways every day to honor the difference that caregivers make in our lives. Mothers and fathers (and mother/father figures) can be celebrated any day of the week, at any time, for any reason. Does it truly matter whether it’s Mother’s Day or Father’s Day?

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