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Differences in the Way We Celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day

May 17, 2011

In America, it is customary to celebrate a special day for just mothers and another special day for just fathers.  Although we may not realize it, we celebrate the holidays in different ways.  There have been some studies focusing on the surprising differences between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.  For example, with moms, things are more personable and family-oriented, while with dads, things are usually formal, business-like, and tend to focus on hobbies.

Why do we celebrate Mother's Day differently from Father's Day?Mothers always have higher expectations than fathers, which is why we usually take the extra time to plan out a whole day for our moms.  For example, studies show that the kids usually plan to make Mom breakfast, do all the chores, give her a gift, take her out to go shopping, and end the day with a nice dinner.  Meanwhile, Dad’s kids tend to make him breakfast, give him stereotypically predictable gifts such as a new tie, watch, or golf clubs, and then let him relax on his day off before going back to work the next day.  Even though the extra effort is put in for our mothers, in a study conducted by Nicole Gilbert, a graduate student at the Department of Psychology and Education at Mount Holyoke College, mothers end up being more disappointed with their special day due to their high expectations.  In addition, a fight within the family or an argument between the kids could ruin the rest of the day.  In the end, I feel that, even though it is very important to show your parents how much you love them, it is even more important to show them that you love them not only on Mother’s Day or Father’s day, but every day of the year.

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Joie Montoya