Dogs on the beach

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Porirua City Coun­cil cer­tainly fol­lows its own strange logic.

Sum­mer hours for dogs on Ti­tahi Bay beach be­gin on Novem­ber 1, which is spring.

With all the gales and rain of spring, dogs must be off the beach by 10am and can re­turn only after 7pm.

That is in spite of the fact that the dog walk­ers pick up most of the rub­bish in lieu of the beach war­dens, who do, in fact, start work in sum­mer, on De­cem­ber 1.

Rules and reg­u­la­tions re­gard­ing drink­ing, lit­ter, horses and ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling the length of the beach are ig­nored.

Only the dog laws are rigidly en­forced.

Did some­one on the coun­cil have a prob­lem with their pet pooch as a child? hol­i­days, but my youngest is not so lucky.

She turns 5 in July 2016, so we have a year and a half left of early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion.

I have strug­gled to find some­where that meets Beanstalk’s ex­cep­tion­ally high stan­dards.

My chil­dren are al­ways well cared for, taught school readi­ness ba­sics, in­de­pen­dence and, most of all, are nur­tured.

I am happy to send them there be­cause I know they are not just a num­ber.

The staff are all ex­cel­lent and work great as a team.

Also the fact that it is ses­sional has been great for my younger child – six hours is a long time when they are so young. and of­fer­ing longer hours for the ben­e­fit of par­ents and not of preschool­ers.

Play­cen­tres run morn­ing and oc­ca­sion­ally af­ter­noon ses­sions.

Our birth to school age chil­dren are so en­gaged dur­ing the time they are in­ter­act­ing with other preschool­ers or their com­mu­nity’s whanau, who run the cen­tres, that they are ex­hausted enough for a sleep when they get home – re­gard­less of their age.

We need to get back to putting our chil­dren first, and that means run­ning ses­sional ser­vices that in­volve par­ents/whanau.

In my mind love equals time, not money.

If you choose to have chil­dren then they should be your No 1 pri­or­ity.

This may re­quire ma­jor sac­ri­fices in some ar­eas of your life.

But in hind­sight I be­lieve the joy your chil­dren give you and the time and love you give them will make those sac­ri­fices an easy choice.

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