A raging mum accused her daughter’s nursery of teaching kids that “men don’t matter” after it renamed Father’s Day, sending her home with a ‘Special’s Day’ card.
Karla Gardner’s heart sank when her three-year-old daughter Daisy Odametey handed her the collage which had the word ‘Father’ replaced.
The 36-year-old loved her daughter’s painting of her dad Ed Odametey, 40 but said she was secretly furious by the ‘bizarre’ change.
The stay-at-home mum posted the image on Facebook, attracting more than 700 comments in the first half an hour, with the picture eventually being taken down by the group’s admin for causing too much controversy.
Karla, from Islington, London, said: “When I read ‘Happy Special’s Day’ it angered me.
“I loved to see the picture and was smiling, but when [Daisy] wasn’t looking, it angered me.
“Her dad’s in her life. I don’t want her being taught that Daddy isn’t as important as me.
“Father’s Day was just brushed aside.
“I get that not everyone has their dad in their life, but my child does. You’re singling out those who have fathers in their life.
“I find it bizarre that all of a sudden men don’t matter.”
Karla has now urged nurseries to look at other ways to be inclusive, instead of “belittling the man” in many children’s lives.
She said: “I was told [by the nursery] that it was not fair for children without dads to make Father’s Day cards
“Last year she did a Father’s Day card, what’s new this year?
“For Mother’s Day, I got a card which had photos of her inside it and it said clearly on it ‘Happy Mother’s Day’. A big fuss was made of it.
“As a three-year-old, I might think ‘why is it wrong to have a dad in my life? Why’s it not being recognised?’