Many children in Norway whose parents are single spend their summer holidays alone in the house due to parents struggling with childcare, reports say.
Amongst problems posed is the expensiveness of hiring in child sitters, and the lack of things to do by themselves. Single mother Helene Slettebø wishes there was organised holiday activities for her son Raphael.
“I've worked the last three summers. I have tried to get July off, but have not received it,” she told NRK.
She added that Helene said that there are few children who are around during the summer to keep Raphael company where they live in Søgne, southwestern Norway.
“I wish there was an arrangement where he could participate in some physical activity with other children so he got a bit of an ok summer.”
According to Silje Bærhus, leader of the single parent association in Kristiansand, many single parents are in a similar position.
The association is now working to create a respite service for single parents similar to Oslo’s so that they can work during the summer.
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