What I’m about to write about will probably annoy a lot of people, but I feel very strongly about it.
I’m not going to talk about foodbanks – but I am going to talk about children going hungry to school, for which there is no excuse whatsoever.
I’ll sum it up with an email that was sent to me by a listener. “Children going to school without breakfast. What disgraceful parents they are. Quaker Oats Porridge is £1.39 for a large box. You can buy it even cheaper… made with water in a microwave or on a stove – it puts something in their bellies.
“After the war when things were in short supply, a mother with three children and only having two eggs, would whisk the eggs, dip bread in the eggy mix and make what’s called French Toast. All the children would get an equal share”.
My listener goes on to say… “the Family Allowance is to help feed the children, not pay for tattoos and ciggies. Makes my blood boil to hear of a parent neglecting their own children. Regards Liz.”
Well I couldn’t agree more! Are you aware the amount of homes that don’t even have a dining room table? I’m sick of hearing stories on my radio show about children going hungry, yet there’s money for the chippy and fast food restaurants.
Let me ask – what does it cost for a loaf of bread? You don’t have to be a cordon bleu chef to feed children properly and cheaply – you just need a bit of thought and common sense. Throw some cheap cuts of meat, carrots, turnips, onions, peas, pasta and stock cubes into a pan. Cook it the day before, and when they come home from school, there’s something tasty and nutritious.
I hear stories about teachers having to feed hungry children in the morning – that’s not their job. Some parents should really get a grip and act like parents.
My mother, and thousands like her who are reading this now, years ago didn’t get handouts – they just had to survive. But I’ll tell you one thing – her child came first, never went hungry. She put me before cigarettes, booze, bingo and everything else to feed me.
Some selfish parents need to get their priorities right. There is a simple solution – if you can’t afford children, don’t have them. I get so cross at some women who just have babies and don’t consider the cost, but then again the State will always help them and if that doesn’t work, they can always give them away.
I just heard a story about a young lady who had a baby and couldn’t cope, so she gave the baby to her mother to bring up. Now she’s got two more children, which she has kept.
Can you imagine how screwed up the first child must be questioning themselves? Why was I given away and why would my so-called mother have other children if she didn’t want me? By the way, I know that feeling – I too was given away.
Then there are home alone children. It’s strange, the law is unclear about this. It simply says you should not leave a child alone if they’ll be at risk.
Let’s face it, there is such a variation in the rate that a child matures, it’s impossible to come up with a one-size fits all law.
Here’s a statement I get from some ill-educated people. What do you know about bringing up children – you’re gay. Well apart from having 14 godchildren and most of my friends having kids and being a kid myself once – I suppose nothing.
So maybe parents who are not sure whether to leave their child, should just say we won’t – isn’t that common sense?