Jennifer - posted on 03/07/2012 ( 21 moms have responded )
So the post on whether poor mothers are worse parents got me thinking. I use to be a mom on assistance, both as a single mom, and after I married. I always wanted to finish my degree, I always wanted to to be able to work my way off the goverment hand-outs, but things always seemed so stacked against us.
It was hard to find a job, then daycare took all my money. In my area, there is no public transportation, so a car and driving is a must. One medical emergency could set us back months. I remember a conversation I had with my boss, she didn't want to write me a check one week because I'd 'only' be getting $50! That is when I realized that to her $50 was like nothing, but to me, it was the difference between eating or not!
My family is doing better now, when my kid needs $5 for a school project we don't panic anymore. I also have been able to help some less fortunite kids. Last week my duaghters teacher ask all the kids to bring an apple for a project, so I bought several. I also explained to her that for many parents, buying something last minute at the end of the month is impossible. It still gets to me that some people can't wrap their head around the fact that yes, for some parents an apple is out of their reach! These people, who have never had to worry about what to feed their kids that night, are the ones controlling the programs. They don't even understand what we need!! Rush screams go get a job- great, I will if you will pay my car repair bill! The Obama's are all for giving me food money- but I'd prefer clean clothes to wear for an interveiw! And can you throw in a hot plate to cook the food on? Please??
Does anyone else feel that the goverment is doing things backwards? I would have picked up garbage on the highway for a few bucks rather than sit with no hope. What would you like to see the goverment offer people?