Skip to comments.Crushed by the Cost of Child Care
Posted on 10/23/2013 12:46:07 PM PDT by DarkSavant
The difficulty of obtaining good, affordable day care is well known as a problem afflicting the working poor. But increasingly, middle- and upper-middle-class parents are finding that day care is hard to find or access and that even when it is available it is startlingly costly. Among the mothers I spoke to, one sent her daughter to a day care proprietor where the owner secretly had another woman mind all eight babies all day long; another signed up for a slot at a local day care when she was newly pregnant. Her daughter is now 5, and she is still on the wait list.
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Obviously we need a complete government take-over of child care. It’s the only way to solve this problem.
How come our grandparents never faced this problem? What was their secret????
How come our grandparents never faced this problem? What was their secret????”
...Living within their means and passing on the S class Mercedes must’ve been helpful!
Determine the difference between the second income and the costs (including, but not limited to, child care) of generating the second income. Then see what expenses can be eliminated in order to wipe out the need for that increment.
Or, people can just complain that they "can't afford to ...," while doing what they prefer.
This has already happened - its called all-day kindergarten.
It is mind boggling to me that so many women would drop their 6 month old or younger child at day care. And that was the plan all along. No husband/father should stand for that.
Mandatory contraception that doesn’t depend on the woman’s mood, like injectables or IUD, as a condition of welfare would fix a lot of this. Go on SNAP, WIC, Section 8 or get other freebies, Mom has to get an IUD or Norplant or Depo Provera. Contraception stays in effect until she’s off welfare benefits.
We end much of the growth of welfare, no one has to get sterilized or have an abortion, and childcare costs go down because there are fewer people relying on the state to subsidize it.
More calls for taxpayer subsidized daycare and preschools, which will lead to more women being forced out of the home and into work which will lead to more calls for spending on daycare and preschools. It’s a win-win for libs.
Obamacare does the same thing. http://thehayride.com/2013/10/the-intolerable-act-tales-from-obamacares-war-on-the-middle-class/
NYT certainly laying the groundwork for that. Liberal orthodoxy preaches that health care, child care and education need to become “No Profit Zones”.
Gee, sounds like an opportunity. How many friends do they have in the same position, and how many kids can an individual look after before the gub’mint comes after them?
Anything that interferes with or undermines the ordering mechanisms of society is a win-win for libs.
Maybe back in the day, there more “stay-at-home” moms...so daycare wasn’t needed.
I realize NY is probably super expensive, but in AZ, I managed to find what I though was reasonably price daycare for my kids ($20/day per kid). And thankfully, my mom was willing to also take my kids a couple days a week to keep the cost down.
So would eliminating federal welfare. States which encourage irresponsible behavior will get more of it. States which discourage such behavior will get less. Eventually the problem will solve itself.
There is no right to be irresponsible and expect others to pay for it.
“Obviously we need a complete government take-over of child care. Its the only way to solve this problem.”
ObamaCare Part II — ObamaDayCare
Some States require day care workers to have taken college courses and be certified, which increases the costs.
I’d like to get rid of welfare, too, but there is too large a dependent class. Putting in mandatory contraception for recipients means breaking the cycle.
Want a kid, marry the Dad, put it up for adoption or get a job.
You think liberals would have thought of this before they smashed the traditional family.
“Obviously we need a complete government take-over of child care. Its the only way to solve this problem.
This has already happened - its called all-day kindergarten.”
The first thing that entered my mind when I read the title of this article was that the NY Times is now starting the drum beat for mandatory, taxpayer-funded head start or preschool.
Is it any wonder why we don’t look at these news organizations’ output with a jaundiced eye? Every time I turn around they are promoting some liberal cause by writing stories about a horrible problems that are occurring in society that is meant to get people’s attention. These stories are invariably followed by a push by Dem legislators to “fix” them. THESE PEOPLE NEVER REST!
Also some states have been requiring in-home day care providers to join a union.
Because out Grandparents didn’t “need” Smartphones, Cable TV, Big Screen TVs, 2 cars, Big House and other “needed” “Toys”.
Darn right! That’s what I did. I stayed home full-time to take care of our kiddos and the house, husband worked outside the home full-time. We did without a lot of “extras”, but worth it.
“My wife and I were DINKS; double income no kids, but she stayed home with our kids. Less money, but you only get 1 chance to raise your kids.”
Exactly. We did that, too. She went back to work when the boys were older. In the meantime, yes, we struggled financially. But we have two fine young men to show for it.
Not to worry, when they divorce they will tack this cost on to the dad’s child support order.
I worked for a liberal Fortune 70 company and they asked what service employees wanted most. Their answer was “cheap child care”. Management responded “pick something else”.
No one wants to touch it. They would epic amounts of money on everything else but child care.
Here’s a wacky idea - if you can’t afford kids, don’t have them.
Despite a tight budget, I stayed home with ours. We also managed to send them to church daycare two mornings a week so they could be with other kids and that cost was very reasonable. Funny thing, that group of daycare kids were tops in their class all through school and all but one graduated HS with honors. Proves what a good foundation does.
It's taxes folks. That 2nd income pretty much just pays the taxes.
This is a disturbing article showing how willing parents are to neglect their children. 8 babies watched by a daycare center is sad. I doubt those babies receive the love a mom could give it.
Its cheaper for these upper class parents to raise their own babies but it seens they aren’t willing to make the sacrifice to do so.
Without federal support, the dependent class in Detroit would have to pack up and move to other cities or states with generous welfare programs. States without such programs will not face this difficulty.
Sooner than you might think, the "generous" states will run out of other people's money. They will be forced by the laws of economics to recognize that charity is not the responsibility of government.
I just don't believe that it is my job to tell people on welfare what to do. That kind of thinking has resulted in policies which forbid firearms in public housing because some bureaucrat is making decisions for their own good.
Beautiful!!! You are so right!!!
12 families on our street and all have kids. Moms all have degrees but quit working when they had children and are stay-at-home moms. Nobody has any extra money but they all have wonderful kids. One of the families has a stay-at-home dad. Mom/wife is a doctor so she works and he takes care of the kids and the home. Just a great neighborhood.
Even forcing union on parents that take care of their disabled children if they get gov’t help.
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