Oahu family deals with furlough Fridays

Oahu family deals with furlough Fridays
Kelly Anderson
Kelly Anderson

By Jim Mendoza - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - When she's wasn't helping her son Brendan on the computer or getting her oldest child Nathan to practice piano or keeping her three-year-old daughter occupied, Kelly Anderson was aching for an uninterrupted moment.

"What is that? I don't have many uninterrupted moments," she said.

Like many families with a stay-at-home parent, the Anderson's are treating furlough Fridays as a semi-normal school day.

"There's activities that they can do but they're non-academic. I like my kids to be learning," Anderson said.

That's why she took her children to the state Capitol two weeks ago for a big rally. They waved signs and made their statement.

They went back there today to urge lawmakers to end furloughs.

"Our children shouldn't be bearing the burden of the budget downfall right now," she said.

Right now Kelly feels inadequate.

Her lessons don't replace classroom time.

"I've got a master's degree and I feel completely unqualified to be my children's teacher," she said.

Then there's the challenge of trying to help Brendan who suffers from cerebral palsy.

"That's why school is so important for him," Anderson said. "He gets specialized instruction in math. He gets taken out and gets one on one assistance."

But Kelly isn't complaining. She's thankful for the extra family time when other families are scrambling for child care..

"There's some that I do know and they have difficulty," she said.

Difficulties come in different degrees. This is how one family is handling furlough Fridays.