Parents back parent training idea

By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au

SINGLE mothers Danielle Moynahan, Katherine Dumbleton and Kahn Bailey would support a federal government proposal to force single parents into work or training once their child reached school age, if the right support was offered.

'I think it's good because mothers need something else in their lives to keep them going,' Danielle said.

Having just begun training herself, and with two toddlers at home, Danielle said a lot of single parents were ready to get back into the workforce.

Ms Dumbleton, a mother of three agreed, saying if she returned to the workforce, it would have to be with an employer who understood her need to be with her children if they were sick or in need.

Kahn Bailey said she had been looking for flexible work that would allow her to look after her children and bring in an income.

'We (single parents) are restricted to the jobs we can do because, for instance, a lot of jobs offered include working weekends which isn't possible when there's no childcare available and you haven't got friends or family to look after the kids for you,' she said.



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