By MOLLY WALSH IT is perhaps a good thing that in order to obtain accommodation for summer holidays, we have to think of them now, at least it distracts us from our winter ills.
For parents with large families the choice is perhaps somewhat limited by financial considerations.
However. even with a limit to the amount that can be spent on holidays there is a wide choice for parents.
For mothers who spend rather a secluded life and enjoy some social life for a change. a Holiday Camp can provide an ideal holi day. There are many types of these from the highly organised ones to the " Do as you please" family Camps.
Some of these are of the Self Service variety, and accommodation can be obtained for as little as £2 10s. per week.
The boon of this type of holiday is that nearly all camps provide special facilities for children including in some cases Bendix washing machines and trained baby minders.
For those whose chief joy is a care-free holiday with their own family a caravan or a furnished bungalow is the thing.
ON THE BROADS
OBVIOUSLY for Mother to have a holiday in this way a good deal of organisation and forethought is required, but I think most people find that by
turning the chores into part of the holiday fun and organising the whole family to help, mother can enjoy a rest as well.
We had a chalet on the edge of the Broads last year, and the necessary errands took on an added interest by having to be done by boat. It was the first time I had visited the Broads and what a treasury of unsuspected beauty we unearthed.
I noticed several families of young children in chalets whose lawns stretched right down to the water's edge. They were protected by running around with brightlycoloured life belts on.
Parents' Magazine issued a useful holiday guide for families. It costs Is. and can be obtained from Parents, 149, Fleet Street, E.C.4.
THE basic problem raised by Martha in her letter in the C.H. of 13th January, viz., the adaptation of a newly-wed wife to her different life is no new one.
Novels have been written about it at least since the middle of the last century. It is vastly aggravated for all women to-day. both professional and others, by the much wider world she lives in before marriage which makes the world of home at first seem very small by comparison.
It is one side of. the dilemma which faces womanhood at the present time—how to preserve all the attributes of true femininity and at the same time take her place in the wider world which is now open to women. The single woman in the world faces the dilemma from the opposite angle.
I cannot 'believe that the answer is for the Catholic woman to abandon her place in the wider world. Surely no woman wants to go back to being treated as all " female character and no mind."
TT should not be beyond our powers to devise some method of education for girls which will fit them for life both in the home
and in the world.
In the meanwhile we have to grapple with the situation as it is. However, a sense of values and a sense of humour will get us a long way.
I personally have never found it helped to try to love " Domesti city" as such. One loves one's family and desires their comfort and one does the things which achieve that end.
Some of the jobs one enjoys, some one continues to loathe. Always there is that sense of rushing against time.
But one emerges with the family nearly on its feet, surprisingly unimpaired. I think that it helps to avoid frustration and therefore helps the family to develop such gifts as one has as one goes along, when it can he done without detriment to the family.
WHAT A HOPE!
FROM my Postbag I quote the following:
" Help! Don't inflict on us mothers with four children the extra job of training one of somebody else's daughters in house management. Not unless you are prepared first to take over our family and give us a course in it. Because I am certain many-of us would regard it as an extra job, and the others would merely use the girl as an errand girl.
" Of course, with four small children—say all under eight, it could happen that with some management on the mother's part, given a girl of 14-16 years, she could he a very great help, and if she had a variety of jobs to do and came with just that little knowledge of darning and cooking and was not too proud to do a bit of dusting or mop a floor, or bath a baby under supervision. she could not help but learn, " Yes, you've got something there."