When I saw this article all over the wires this weekend, I felt it would be remiss if I/WMAG didn’t write about it.
But I don’t know what to say.
Maybe because it hits too close to home? Or it has the potential to hit too close to home?
Because I’m one of those families. Almost.
For reasons I don’t necessarily want to detail on a blog, my financial situation has changed for the worse. Money is definitely tight. And an evaulation of my childcare situation might be forthcoming.
So what’s a family to do? What can a family do?
The fact that people feel they are driven to put their children in unlicensed facilities—or leave them in their car and check on them periodically, as the women mentioned in the story did? Things have gotten so bad that the care of children is put on a back, back, BACK burner, and that’s just unacceptable. Not to mention frightening.
Plus we have to think about the children. They most likely have friends and attachments to the people at these daycare facilities. To suddenly yank the kids from a situation they are familiar and comfortable with and put them into a completely different circumstance is likely tough on them.
I know the media, and the fact that this problem might not actually be as widespread or dire as they might like to perpetuate. But there’s one message I come to on my own accord after reading this article: Our country’s attitude toward childcare needs to improve. It’s imperative.