School holiday nightmare parents face
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