Why long daycare fills a need for families

THERE comes a point in most people's lives when they have started their family and need to consider the world of child care.

I read a highly aggravating article this week that labelled long daycare as child abuse.

I'm sure many Gladstone residents would agree with me that the statement is a load of tripe.

I myself would then have to be classified as a victim. Unwillingly.

My parents - a chef and bricklayer - worked incredibly long hours, which meant my brother and I were attendees at before-school care, after-school care and vacation care.

Every day of the week, every holiday of the year, bar Christmas.

I have to agree, I would've much preferred to spend the most time possible with my parents while growing up.

But to suggest they weren't yearning for the same extra time is ridiculous.

I know both parents would have stopped working instantly if it were a genuine possibility.

Instead, they have reared an outstanding work ethic in all four of their children.

Their children don't have a fantastical perception of where money comes from, how hard it is to come by, or its true value.

We were taught that with hard work comes reward.

And while not even being a parent yet, I am fed up with the idealistic notions of parenthood.

Everyone does their best for their children, with few exceptions.

Parents spend enough of their time worrying endlessly about their children - do strangers really need to exacerbate it?



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