No Matter How Busy We are, We’d Made it Home to Supper with the Kids

On the education of the young, translated…

The parents of current day are too busy, for the sake of work, they’d gone out early in the morn, and return late at night, not only are they dining out for all their meals, they couldn’t even manage to take care of their children’s meals.

I’d worked at the elementary for a very long time now, and, every morning, I’d see a lot of students, carrying the breakfasts they’d bought at the shops.  Some of the kids had sandwiches and soy milk, it’s nutritious enough; but, there are those children who bought fries, hot dogs, and coke, it’s all junk foods.  The parents handed the money to the kids, but didn’t have a clue of what their children are buying.

As a modern day working woman, I can totally understand the hardships of parents, but, there’s only one childhood for your kids, and, for the sake of physical and mental wellbing of children, I’d often reminded the parents to no matter what, spend the meals with the kids, and, it would be best, if they can get the kids involved, in preparing the meals too.

There was a pair of brothers in the fifth and sixth grade level, from a single foreign spouse family, at a very young age, their mother left; the father was busy, making ends meet, worked odds and ends at construction sites, without the set schedules.  The school had applied for the free breakfasts, and the lunches are also provided by the schools for them for frree, but, every evening, the brothers would head to the super convenience shops close to their home, to get their meals, they couldn’t know what warmth in the family was like.  Every morning at six-thirty, they’d come to the school, to wait, and, after school’s out by four, they’d dropped their things off at home, and came right back to the school, to hang out with the teachers and the students.

The officials in the school can all feel the immense loneliness this pair of young brothers feel, and would take their time to help the children with their assignments as well as the issues they face in life, and still, with the coming of age, the boys still started straying.

Seeing the young and naïve faces of the brothers, I’d asked why fate is so unfair.  In the elementary school level, the teachers can still look out for them like mom, other than helping them with homework, the teachers had taken them to see the doctors, to get their haircuts, and, helping them get new sneakers too.  But, children like these, after they get into middle school, they would easily fall to bad influenes, and lose their direction in life, and, it’s painstaking to watch.

I hope, that all the parents can accompany, show more care and concern to their kids while they’re still young, and, no matter how busy your work gets, DO make it home for supper, and, on the supper tables, talk about the goings-on of the children’s days, share the ups and downs of work that you have encourntered at work.  For the parents and children, this, would be the most beautiful time of the day.

But, how many parents can honestly say, that I do make it home for supper with the family?  Not very many, because we’re all, too busy, running around, making ends meet, and we’d allowed the MOST important thing to slide, our kids, and so, there are still so many orphans with parents out in the world, because money is never quite enough, and, there are, bills to pay on the table, and that mortgage, it’s crushing us both, blah, blah, blah, parents, STOP making EXCUSES for yourselves, and just TAKE the time to spend with your offspring, after all, they NEVER asked to be BROUGHT into the world, you DO realize that, don’t you???

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