France's new government wants to remove the terms 'mother' and 'father' and replace them with 'parent 1' and 'parent 2' to foster a more gender equal environment for families, and to pave the way for legalising same-sex marriage. A Herald Sun article last month explained that such ideas have moved to other places like Sweden as well, which is looking to create a separate term 'hen' to replace the words 'his' and 'hers.'

These ideas are nonsensical as they completely obliterate the importance of motherhood and fatherhood in the upbringing of children. Fathers and mothers parent differently from one another, and providing that diversity in a child's upbringing is contributing to the development of a well-rounded and balanced person.

Take, for example, the building of confidence in a child. When families go to any playground, dads encourage kids to swing a little higher, to ride their bikes a little faster, while mums tend to want to protect them. Having both characteristics in each parent keeps each other in balance, and helps their children remain safe while expanding their experiences and confidence.

To cut out 'mum' and 'dad' is to remove from society the fundamental nature of human beings and their interaction with one another. It would deny children the right to fully benefit from the love of their mother and father, and erode the very nature of family as the foundation of social life.