There were the eye-rolling moments in the shutdown today (it's Yosemite's birthday... and no one can visit because the National Parks are closed) and then there were the sobering. Patients are being turned away from NIH. There will be on average 200 patients (30 of them children) this week who will not be able to start their clinical trial because our branches of government can't negotiate. There is research that will be delayed. And down in Atlanta, the CDC will not be able to help us navigate flu season.
For some people, this government shutdown is a matter of life or death.
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.”