A Grandmothers Story – from Saskatchewan

 

My daughter is a single parent. I live in Saskatchewan and she lives in Manitoba.  Every Wednesday my daughter is required to work an extended shift until 7:00 p.m.  The after school program my grand-daughter attends is only open until 5pm. This means my grand-daughter, who is only 11 years old, is home alone from after school until my daughter returns home from work. Being so far away makes it hard for me to be there to support them. Instead every Wednesday evening I spend two hours on the phone with my grand-daughter helping her with her with her homework, talking about friends and her week. While I enjoy this time, I also know that for many children this kind of support is not available. Too many children in this country are spending time on their own because there is not adequate child care to meet the different needs of families.