Chatchai “Sam” Panuthai, a single dad from Thailand, didn’t want his two sons to feel left out on Mother’s Day at school. So, he came up with a creative idea to make his sons feel special.
He didn’t want his sons to feel left out.
August 12 is celebrated as mother’s day every year in Thailand. At an event held in 2018 at his sons’ school, to mark the occasion when all their peers came with their mothers, he did something special so that his sons wouldn’t feel left out.
According to HuffPost, he wore a pink lace dress to greet his two sons, Imsome, 3, and Ozone, 5, at the school event ahead of Mother’s Day, in Thailand.
The sweet gesture was captured by Kornpat Ae Sukhom, a close friend of Panuthai, who then posted it to Facebook on August 9, 2018.
During these ceremonies, as per custom, children usually kneel at their mom’s feet as a sign of gratitude for all she has done, BuzzFeed News reported. Sukhom’s video quickly went viral, and people couldn’t get enough of the father’s thoughtfulness.
At the time, Sukhom shared that Panuthai and his wife are divorced and she lives in Europe. She shared that her friend decided to wear a dress so his sons’ would feel included. “He wanted the children not to feel left out because their mother had left them,” she told Inside Edition.
“Everyone enjoyed it and all laughed and took photos with him,” she said. “His two sons weren’t quite sure what was going on and why Dad was wearing a dress.”
Being a single dad is not an easy feat
Child-rearing is not an easy feat, and it’s even more difficult for single parents.
The absence of a second caretaker means that all the responsibility of parenting lies on one person, which can be stressful, overwhelming, tiring and draining. But no matter what, each day they put their kids first and do everything they can to make their world better.
Though being a single parent is hard for men too, society sees single mothers and fathers differently. “We consider childrearing to be largely women’s domain in the U.S.,” says Caitlyn Collins, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology at Washington University in St. Louis, according to Parents. “This is problematic for a host of reasons, but it means that society perceives single mothers and fathers differently.”
The expectation that single moms must juggle work and children makes it harder on them. Single moms are usually judged more harshly than single dads when things fall through the cracks like a forgotten homework assignment at school or being late to pick kids up from childcare, says Dr. Collins. “Because, again, women are supposed to be ‘naturally’ capable caregivers in a way we don’t assume for men.”