Q1.Where do you live?
Q2.How old are you?
47 years old.
Q3.How old is/are your kid(s)?
15, 12 and 6 years old.
Q4.Please tell us about your family.
My husband, a son, 2 daughters and me.
Q5.Are you currently working?
Q6.What is your job?
Kindergarten teacher, facilitator of a workshop, staff of a childcare center.
Q7.What are your working hours like?
As a kindergarten teacher, I work twice a week, 5 hours.
Other than that, I do it whenever I am asked.
Q8.Does your partner help with childcare?
He may be categorized as helpful,
but he seems to think that he does it because it is necessary,
since we have a big family.
Q9.How does your partner help with childcare?
He does basically anything, from cleaning, washing clothes, cooking,
to taking care of kids and driving them to places and back.
Q10.Who takes care of your children while you are at work?
They sometimes join afterschool activities or a person from the childcare supporting system run by the government who has taken care of them since they were small still looks after them.
When they were still small, we used to use daycare center about 3 times a week.
Q11.How do you relax after taking care of the children?
Sleep is essential. I also go to a café alone and spend free time there for an hour.
Q12.Do your children take any extra lessons after school?
(e.g. piano lessons, English lessons etc.)
My high school son takes cello lessons.
My 7th grade daughter takes ballet lessons.
My 1st grade daughter doesn’t do anything yet.
I am thinking of suggesting she do something when she enters the 4th grade.
Q13.What kind of life skills do you think are necessary for kids to have?
The ability to trust and cherish themselves.
Also, to do the same for the others.
To have the ability to stay connected to their inner selves and build a life that is appropriate for them freely and honestly.
To have enough physical strength to do so!
Q14.Do you do anything to develop those skills?
I wait and I support them.
I believe that children have potential to grow which is beyond the parents’ imagination.
I don’t want to take those powers away by doing something beforehand.
Children have their own paces, so I want to prepare an environment for them that best match each pace.
I cannot always do it, but I value it.
Q15.What makes you happy?
When I see my kids grow uniquely, and far beyond my expectations.
When I’m eating something delicious with my family or friends.
When I am learning.
Q16.In ten years, what do you think will be making you happy?
A peaceful and free world.
I hope the society would be better than now in terms of child rearing and for the child to grow.
Q17.What makes you think "Working and taking care of a child is hard!" ?
When I don’t have time.
When I have to arrange all the kids' schedules.
When I can’t talk to my partner thoroughly.
Even when I can, I feel frustrated when it is interrupted by one of the kids.
Also, since we are a big family, there is plenty of housework.
Q18.Do you have any trouble with your work?
If so, please tell us about the details.
All the projects I am involved in are connected within me,
but at the same time, since they all have to be done simultaneously,
there was a time when I thought it would be better to narrow down my work,
but now I realize that this is my way of working,
since all of them are fun and have lots to learn from,
and I cannot choose to do just one.
Q19.Do you have any trouble with taking care of your children?
If so, please tell us about the details.
I don’t have any at the moment,
but when I think about our society in the future when my kids grow up, I sometimes feel depressed.
Q20.What is it that you value in child-rearing?
To make delicious meals, and maybe, to be inaccurate and imperfect.
Q21.What activities do you want to do with your children?
(e.g. traveling, playing with them etc.)
To cook and eat together, though it is something I do all the time.
Also, After they become young adults, I would like to travel with them as “adults”.
Q22.Recently, what has made you the happiest?
When I first received a letter with words from my 1st grade daughter.
Since I hadn't taught her how to write when she was in kindergarten,
I was really happy when she wrote the letters she had learned at school,
and this has become my treasure.
Q23.What do you want to have the most now?
(Environmentally, emotionally, etc. all included)