Welfare Hostage - The Trap of Government Assistance Programs

Anyone who has ever been on government assistance programs (or welfare) can attest that is isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. For most people welfare was never intended to be a permanent solution but only a short term boost until they could get back on their feet again....more

Presidential Candidates: More Talk on Family Economics, Please!

Now that 2016 is here, it's no longer safe to ignore the jockeying of presidential candidates for position.  Both Democrats and Republicans have held several debates, and there's been no lack of chest pounding and saber rattling.  Personally, I'd love to hear a rational conversation about issues we all share and serious proposals to address them.  Instead, it's a silly game of jeers, smears, and one-upsm...more
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Life without preschool

My son is a product of preschool. My husband and I both work and our parents are either too far away or they also work and were not able to watch him for us. So, off to school he went. It was crazy expensive, but the costs of him going outweighed the cost of me quitting my job. And, thankfully, he loved it. In preschool he learned most of what his teacher is covering now in Kindergarten....more

Is Paid Labor The Only Kind That Counts?

 "Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country."  US Department of Labor...more

Choosing your Chicago daycare

One of the most important decisions for any working parent is where to entrust the care of their child when they need to work or get things done without the little ones in tow.Here are a few things to look for when selecting good Chicago daycare for your child:Communication...more

Zayne dropping by

IT'S been over a month that I've last posted something about my five-year-old ward/friend Zayne Mojica and for followers of my Nanny Stories blog, I duly apologize because of the many personal events that I've had to deal with....more

Why "Lean In, Grandma" Is Not the Answer to Our Child Care Problem

Two articles appeared within a single news cycle about women in the work force and child care, from two totally different vantage points. The titles are revealing -- in the New York Times, Crushed by the Cost of Child Care, from the Washington Post, Lean In, and Lean On Grandma. Clearly, looking after the very young is a major problem for American families. If parents do it, their ability to earn an income is hit hard and may never recover, even if and when they do go back to paid work. If they pay someone else to do it, a different kind of cost is incurred. Child care is hugely expensive, the quality of care varies greatly, and work hours often don't align with the hours care is available. Not surprisingly, a mother alone cannot solve the dilemma, and she is the most likely parent to be on the front lines. ...more
My own mom and dad are taking turns watching my kids while I'm traveling this week, so I think ...more

Pre-K As Policy, Not Politics

My favorite part of the President's State of the Union address was his plan for expanding pre-kindergarten to all four-year-olds. The idea has been around for decades, and it did once very nearly become law until it was vetoed by President Nixon. But in the past 40 years, two big parts of the early education picture have shifted dramatically. The first is that we know for a fact that quality preschool will positively affect the child's life through adulthood. The second is that preschool is no longer used as a weapon to make mothers feel guilty....more
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