Last week my youngest daughter had the flu.
She had been absent from nursery school for three days.
Yesterday, my eldest daughter caught the ful.
She will be absent from her school for at least three days as well.
So we parents have to take turns leaving from work because we can’t take our sick children to the nursery school.
It is difficult for us to get off work for six days even though we have a special leave for taking care of sick children.
Sometimes I am able to depend on my mother, but she also works on weekdays.
We wish we could take our children to school even though they’re sick.
Recently the number of centers which can receive children with disease are increasing
However, the most of the centers are run by non-profits which face financial and human-resource difficulties.
The government doesn’t treat this problem on a good level.
On the other hand there is an opinion that parents should take care of their own children when they are sick.
This will require flexibly work hours.
The problem is that work is more important than family to Japanese people, although this thought is changing slowly,
Anyway, many working parents are worried about taking care of their sick children now.
The solution to this problem will be one of the countermeasures against the falling birthrate.