My various blog networks were abuzz this week about the news of a recent study showing children who go to daycare are more likely to have behavioral problems in grade school.
As soon as I read it, I could hear the collective wail from working moms everywhere. Indeed, a couple of the ones whose journals I follow on a regular basis were downright depressed. I even felt like crap. “That’s just great,” I thought. “I really don’t have a whole lot of choice about putting my daughter in daycare, at least a few days a week. I guess we could NOT EAT for a couple of nights if it means she’ll behave better in sixth grade.”
Seriously. Whenever one of these studies comes out calling into question “Are daycares safe?” or “Does childcare screw up your kid?”, I want to tell both the researchers and the journalists to can it. You’re not helping. Especially not with a story like this, which follows an alarming headline with a bunch of wishy washy garbage about how more study is needed, and it’s probably not that big a deal, blah blah blah…
I mean, I can understand if you’ve uncovered irrefutable evidence that 80 percent of kids in daycare grow up to be axe murderers or raving lunatics. That’s something we probably should know about.
Want more encouraging news about kids who go to daycare?
- Thoughts on Work, Daycare, and that Pesky “G” Word
- Solutions for Your Daycare Dilemma
- Daycare Pickup: Last Mom Standing
- Please Don’t Leave Me!: The Precarious Nature of In-Home Daycare
- Choosing a Daycare Situation
- Sometimes You Just Have to Stop and Smell the Playdough