[Global Conversations] Competing Demands on Time
A family of fishermen discusses the competing demands on their time that keep them away from spending time with their daughter and preparing her for a bright future.
This story was submitted by mobile phone as part of the Amplify program's Global Conversations project, an effort to extend the reach of this challenge to communities without reliable access to the Internet.
This story was submitted by Rashmi from Manjhi-Chakla in response to a weekly program on Hopes and Dreams relating to early childhood development.
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My name is Rashmi and I am speaking from Manjhi-Chakla. We sell fish for a living… and we are sorry that we cannot spare enough time for our daughter. We are free only on few days. On some days when we cannot go to work, we spend time with our daughter, but not otherwise. You might wonder why we don’t want to educate our daughter and make her independent, but we just don’t get enough time. When we come back from the bazaar in the evening, we spend half an hour or an hour to teach her. We also drop her to her classes… But we can’t spare as much time as we should.
This story underscores the role tha competing demands play in parenting decisions. Even when caretakers are educated about strategies to set young children up for success, they often fall short because of work or other obligations. How might we support parents in engaging with their children despite competing demands on their time? How might we design solutions that improve the earliest years of life taking into account the difficulties that parents face when it comes to time?
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