The value of Mother's Day

19th August 2005 at 01:00
Contrary to your report "Mother's Day cards attacked" (TES, August 5), Relate is not proposing that traditional Mother's and Father's Day cards be abolished from school activities.

The TES invited Relate to comment on an article by Sudie Hofmann of St Cloud State University. Whilst we agreed with the validity of the case for sensitivity in the classroom toward each child's family circumstances, we did not suggest that making of Mother's and Father's Day cards should stop in schools and are not doing anything to pursue this measure.

Relate is working to promote health, respect and justice in couple and family relationships. Part of this remit includes strong partnerships with schools where we run relationship education projects and counselling for children whose parents are divorcing. Like teachers, our work is underpinned by an understanding of the diversity of modern families and commitment to inclusive approaches.

Angela Sibson

Chief executive, Relate Herbert Gray College Little Church Street, Rugby Warwickshire

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