Q1.Where do you live?
Q2.How old are you?
32 years old.
Q3.How old is/are your kid(s)?
2 years old.
Q4.Please tell us about your family.
My husband, a son and me.
Q5.Are you currently working?
I am not working.
Q6.What is your job?
Q7.What are your working hours like?
Q8.Does your partner help with childcare?
He is very helpful.
Q9.How does your partner help with childcare?
-He takes our son out to play on weekends and makes time for me to relax and rest.
-He helps with the household work (washing dishes, laundry and cleaning the room, etc.)
as much as possible without a fuss and doesn’t blame me for not being able to do it on weekdays.
Q10.Who takes care of your children while you are at work?
Q11.How do you relax after taking care of the children?
-By taking a nap with my child or reading a book after he falls asleep…I would imagine something really exciting (like sitting on a first- class seat of an airplane and writing something) before going to sleep or dream of a happy future for our family.
-Imagining something exciting refreshes my mind.
Q12.Do your children take any extra lessons after school?
(e.g. piano lessons, English lessons etc.)
I join a group that meets once a week outside where there is plenty of nature such as mountains or rivers, and have him play around.
Q13.What kind of life skills do you think are necessary for kids to have?
An ability to think for himself and be able to have a positive attitude,
a strong will to learn from not only successful experiences but also from failures,
to be himself, no matter what others say.
Q14.Do you do anything to develop those skills?
-I try not to persuade him to agree with my opinions.
-I try to respect him as an individual person.
-I always tell him how much he means to me.
Q15.What makes you happy?
-When I see his sleeping face.
- When the three of us all hold hands and sing songs.
- When I’m spending an ordinary calm day with the family.
- When I recognize my child’s growth. - When my child asks for me, and relies on me.
Q16.In ten years, what do you think will be making you happy?
-A society where the diversity of lives and ways of working can be accepted.
- where the neighbors are close and there is an atmosphere of helping each other,
look after the children together.
- where the elders and children have more contact.
- where there are no euthanized dogs and cats and where it would be common for those who want to have pets to go to animal shelters (there may be other facilities of the kind by then).
- I wish there would be more people who could feel happiness.
Q17.What makes you think "Working and taking care of a child is hard!" ?
-When I have to cook and look after the child at the same time.
-When I go to the kitchen,
he pulls my hand and asks me to stay close to him,
and I cannot cook smoothly.
Q18.Do you have any trouble with your work?
If so, please tell us about the details.
-I am not working at the moment,
but I am thinking about how I should start working.
-I want to work, but I would like to put priority on my child and family.
-I used to worry about how to accomplish such a lifestyle, when I came across this site.
Q19.Do you have any trouble with taking care of your children?
If so, please tell us about the details.
I am having a hard time deciding which kindergarten to choose.
Q20.What is it that you value in child-rearing?
-Since he is still 2, I let him have as much attention as he wishes.
-I try to listen to what he has to say as much as possible.
Q21.What activities do you want to do with your children?
(e.g. traveling, playing with them etc.)
I want to do nature activities together, such as camping, climbing, rafting, etc.
Q22.Recently, what has made you the happiest?
-I cannot decide which was No.1… but I was happy to be able to communicate with my son who has become 2 and a half years old.
-I had always tried to listen to him, but I realized that he seems to listen to me instead, nowadays.
Q23.What do you want to have the most now?
(Environmentally, emotionally, etc. all included)
-I wish there would be more companies that allow parents to bring their kids to the office.
-I wish child- rearing wouldn’t become a disadvantage in their career, and become rather the opposite.
-I wish more and more child- friendly cafes and shops would appear.
–I wish for a society where paternity leave is more easily obtainable.