Letter: Parent tallies toll on her children

All we ask as parents is for a resolution soon and don’t forget the children are being affected by this strike and they are our future.

To the editor:

For 10 months we plan, we budget and we carefully calculate how we will balance work with childcare during the summer months. Camping trips, summer camps, visits with grandparents, etc. It’s a well thought out plan.

Now September has arrived and we are faced with unexpected challenges, how will we pay for daycare for our two small children? How do we explain to them why school isn’t starting?  What can we be doing to make sure they don’t fall behind, how will it affect their future?

The anticipation of starting school for my four-year-old has been a hot topic in our household for over a year now. Counting down the days she can go to school with her big sister and now these dreams are crushed as we dropped them off at grandma and grandpa’s place five hours away hoping there will be an end soon. If this continues on, what are we going to do next?

We have obviously made a choice on who we agree with and who we don’t. At the end of the day this doesn’t matter. All we ask as parents is for a resolution soon and don’t forget the children are being affected by this strike and they are our future. These children have been provided with an amazing education that most of the world would envy. Thank you teachers for wanting the best for our children but this is causing more harm than good.

As a child, your fondest memory is the first day of school. New shoes, school supplies and the anticipation of a fresh new year.

This natural childhood high is gone. Thank you for ruining hundreds of thousands of children’s impressionable lives.

Krissy Eide,

Kelowna

 

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