Deepening the Bond Between Guardians
From “Kazenoko Letter” No.402 - July 2011

 There has been a recent increase in the number of people attending class meetings, group meetings, and communication meetings held by the guardians association. Kazenoko Jidokan has held events, grade meetings, and parent-child recreational activities this year, which have been well attended and enjoyed by guardians.

 Our staff have acted as a mediator, helping to prepare these guardians meetings, which I was very pleased about. This is reflected in the enthusiasm of the guardians association members, but I also think that the type of guardian joining us is becoming more and more similar.

 In the last 10 years, there has been an increased number of applicants for our center. The ward office gives each applicant a ranking from A to D. Most of the families who come to our center are from rank A. People in rank A are mostly two-income families, who work from early in the morning until late at night, so need childcare for long hours. They all have similar lifestyles, so they are on the same wavelength when there is a meeting. They see each other when they bring their children to the center or pick them up every day, and they get along due to the various meetings and events.

 We hope the guardians continue to get along and deepen bonds in order to support each other when they need help. I think many people live separately in this society, and there are not many people to consult when the need arises. It can get very lonely.

 Some people think the daycare center is just a necessary measure to be used as a resource only. However, it is a chance to meet people, so I wish people could see value in connecting with each other at our daycare center. We would like to help as much as we can.

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