I am a single mom. Dds father has never been around because he was abusive to me while pregnant and wanted me and my dd to die. It was like a light switch flipped when I found out I was pregnant. I later found out he has mental issues. Anyways, the end of this year at school they were learning about dads in lieu of fathers day. Her teacher knew she didnt have a dad. She was the only child in her class who doesnt have a dad and she felt very embarrassed and left out.
Anyways, since then its caused her to ask a lot of questions and I can tell shes very sad that she doesnt have a dad. Ive explained things to her about how all families are different and she has an uncle and a papa who love her to the moon and are male figures in her life.
She knows today is fathers day and I heard her singing the "fathers day" songs they learned in school and she was crying. Which made me cry. But I pulled myself together and talked to her. We replaced the word "daddy" with papa and she was able to sing her songs to her papa. But I can tell shes still sad.
Do you think you would mention this to next years teacher and maybe they can include papas or uncles in their class discussions for fathers day next year? Im not sure if this is overstepping but I see how hurt my dd is and it kills me. She does have an appointment with a child therapist to talk about this. Its just a couple weeks away.