School hol­i­day night­mare par­ents face

The Gympie Times - - YOUR SAY -

CHRIST­MAS cheer is upon us and a lot of peo­ple wish it would go away.

It no longer has the spir­i­tual mean­ing for many and the com­mer­cial­ism has got out of hand.

For work­ing moth­ers the school hol­i­days are a wor­ry­ing night­mare and many chil­dren are bring­ing them­selves up dur­ing hol­i­day times.

The moth­ers hope noth­ing hap­pens to them.

As a per­son who has spent my life do-good­ing here, I re­mem­ber moth­ers ring­ing me for as­sis­tance – not for presents but for places the chil­dren could go while the mother worked.

They couldn’t af­ford the fees for pro­grams that cost money to take part in.

It doesn’t ex­cite me when I read about an or­gan­i­sa­tion feel­ing good that they can give each child two presents. The real need is the con­tin­u­a­tion of phys­i­cal sup­port for the whole hol­i­day pe­riod.

This has to be mon­i­tored and se­cure in th­ese times of strange peo­ple around, but if we ex­pect women to work out­side of the home, it is im­por­tant that we deal with it.

I am too old to or­gan­ise this care now.

I can only high­light the prob­lem and pass on my ex­pe­ri­ences, and hope some­one hears. Ju­lia Lawrence O.A.M, Gympie

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