I was inboxed this video a few days ago that really pulled at my heart-strings and I want to know what you think about it as well. See I made a decision to stay home with my kids for several reasons. For one the extremely high cost of childcare made it seem like 90 percent of my income was going to childcare. Times that by how many children you have and it can seem like you are just working to send the kids to DayCare or preschool. Second, I really wanted to be there for those first milestones with my kids and develop that bond what they say is the most important five years developmentally in a child’s life.
Now trust me, I understand that ever situation is different every family is different and I do occasionally send my three-year-old off to a wonderful drop in center for some socialization along with the mom’s group I’m apart of. I see the benefits in pre-school and day care and I’ve seen the downside too. One of the downsides is having your child burnt out on school by the time they reach kindergarten. Kindergarten?! That can’t be right? But statistics have shown a dramatic rise in fatigue when it comes to school in those that have attended pre-school.
I believe every family does what is right for their family whether it’s a daycare type situation, pre-school or being a stay at home parent, these are always considerations every family has to look at some time or another.
This video really got me to thinking quite hard about when the time comes for when I want to seek employment other than the freelance jobs I occasionally get as a writer right now. Being able to stay home with my kids is something I consider a privilege, a necessity (right now) and a right as a parent. I shouldn’t have to explain to anyone why I took years off to help raise my kids. It should just be understood. I’d rather a company test out my abilities than automatically assume that I am out of touch with today’s working world just because I took some time off.
Whether you’ve been forced out of workplace due to the cost of child care, or you chose to stay home during the younger years of your children’s lives, how do you think moms returning to work after several years can be recognized in the workforce as assents, not liabilities?
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