Yes, it is a problem for children

Kids dumped from 7am to 6pm for school
Herald Sun (Aust) 23 July 2012
THE school day for some Aussie kids goes from 7am to 6pm, a new study shows. Research from the Australian Institute of Family Studies shows one in 10 children regularly attend after-school care and one in 20 before-school care. The research has sparked debate about whether kids are spending too many hours at school. Mothers who work long hours, single mums and those in country areas are more likely to use this childcare, according to an analysis of 10,000 Australian kids. The study, to be presented at the Australian Institute of Family Studies biennial conference this week, shows 17 per cent of children with mothers working full time regularly attend after-school care, and 6 per cent before-school care. For some children, school holidays don’t mean a break – just more time at school.


1 comment for “Yes, it is a problem for children

  1. Stephen H
    23 July 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Apart from the obvious that consumerism has led to far less time between parents and children, I would like to just record the cumulative effect such lifestyle choices of others in society have on the rest of us who does subscibe to them. (There is no need for someone to comment that I missed the point that the situation is created too by there now being far more solo-parent families, I’m well aware of that. I just want to comment on this economic aspect to say that we are ultimately affected by the environment created by others whose decision we do not agree with.)

    When, in the family benefit was introduced here in the late 1940s, giving one sixth of a full wage to mothers for each child, it was not long before 95 per cent of mothers were at home – with all the blessings to society of that situation, both inside and outside the home.

    Once the consumerist attitude (‘I want more’) began to affect people, the demand for houses increased beyond one for each household as many people wanted a rental and/or a bach. With the slighly hyped prices of these and other consumer items, a second income became required to afford them. Demand was sustained, and prices coninuted to rise. The final result is that generally everyone has to have two incomes to buy a house (and now it has moved generally beyond the reach of most? households; and rising.

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