We are almost nearing the end-of year festivities and so children have already closed schools and so for about one and a half months, they are gonna be home. But then I overheard a group of women chatting and each getting to know how the other was fairing with her family. I could hear one say her children have really grown big and all in upper primary classes, then another said that she had one who had just graduated in pre-school and the conversation was on for some time as each woman updated the others with what’s going on in her family.
But there was a change of topic and all the regrets concerning children being at home. One woman said that there was nothing good with having children at home since it meant that more responsibilities come by as you now have to watch over them and they sometimes make one to shout. Then another one said that she can’t imagine the increase in expenditure right from breakfast, lunch and supper as she was used to her children being away in boarding schools. She quickly pointed out schools come in handy as you only pay cash and leaves everything else to the schools administration. Noise making was also part of their predicament since children always involve themselves with all kinds of games and these cannot be done quietly.
I found the conversation interesting since there is a no way children can go schooling for 365 days in a year yet I think such parents wouldn’t mind that. The truth is teachers have done their part of being responsible to the children at school, so now the parents ought to be responsible for them at home. It’s good for parents to spend time with their children and make this moment enjoyable. Parents ought to accommodate the presence of their children in the family.