Daycare is an expensive, necessary evil for the working mom. When you pay an arm and a leg to have someone watch your kids while you are at work, it only makes sense that you would want to get the most out of it for yourself and your children. Regardless of the type of schedule you may have, or the needs of your child(ren), there is a program out there for you. ...more
Single moms have it tough: trying to juggle work, child care, and (usually) carrying the brunt of the parenting solo makes for a very tough life. This people generally accept. But what a lot of people don't realize—especially certain politicians of late—is that single mothers represent two-thirds of the population that are living below the poverty line in America; looked at from another way, a full 27 percent of single mothers live below the poverty line....more
Whenever my mom would talk about my childhood, she would refer to me as “the wild one.” She would describe how she had to run after me all the time in order to keep me out of trouble. Despite her best efforts I remember two incidents that occurred when I was somewhere between 2 and 3 years old. Both stories are emblazoned in my memory because they had to do with my life-long obsession – chocolate....more
Summer and no school are rapidly approaching. And with that knowledge, my stomach clenches. For children with fetal alcohol syndrome, not to mention bipolar disorder, all the free time of summer wreaks havoc to their emotions. The hours of freedom that the rest of us yearn for cause enormous stress for their little minds. They don't possess the ability to plan a day all on their own. Or to drag out their blocks and play happily for a period of time. They are constantly stressing about what will come next, what are we doing after this? What are we doing tomorrow?...more
Did you know that all U.S. child care centers and home daycares have to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), no matter how small the operation is? Yet parents of kids with special needs are routinely turned away from daycare, or forced to lodge legal complaints against child care providers who do not provide the accommodation their kids are legally entitled to. I recently spoke with Jana Burke, Project Director of the Rocky Mountain Disability & Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC) ADA Center, about the rights and issues surrounding kids with special needs and day care....more
It is difficult to write anything objective about childcare when you are a parent who makes use of childcare. I don’t know about you, but there isn’t a day when I don’t question if I’m doing the right thing by allowing my son to be raised 35 hours a week by someone else. I am the norm: mine is one of the eighty-nine percent of children younger than five with employed mothers who is in a regular child care arrangement. When I heard there was a major new study about the long-term effects of care on kids, I needed to read it. And the minute I read the study, I knew what the headline in the media would be “Day care increases risk taking in children, study finds.”
Recently I started getting regular e-mail updates from my boys' day care.
They tell me what's going on at school almost immediately, and many times,
they're funny, too. Like the one I got in my inbox today.
The entire e-mail was a spoof of an economic report, including how one
class has seen dramatic gains in potty training ("... long considered a
key indicator of reduced diaper demand").
One line at the end of the page really brought a smile to my face:
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