Should there be stronger regulations of American day care?
Trusting your child with someone else is one of the hardest things that a parent has to do—and in the United States, it’s harder still, because American day care is a mess. About 8.2 million kids—about 40 percent of children under five—spend at least part of their week in the care of somebody other than a parent. Most of them are in centers, although a sizable minority attend home day cares like the one run by Jessica Tata. In other countries, such services are subsidized and well-regulated. In the United States, despite the fact that work and family life has changed profoundly in recent decades, we lack anything resembling an actual child care system. Excellent day cares are available, of course, if you have the money to pay for them and the luck to secure a spot. But the overall quality is wildly uneven and barely monitored, and at the lower end, it’s Dickensian.— The Hell of American Day Care
When I ask children about their favorite family memories, a lot of them will talk about a ritual. They’re islands of stability in the torrential currents of our culture. How to Be a Better Parent in 2011
While personal finance experts continue to search for the best way to impart money lessons, there’s something parents can do today to help prepare their children for financial independence. That is resisting the urge to be overly protective and supportive—something that doesn’t always come naturally to today’s hovering moms and dads. The Best Money Lesson for Kids? Independence - Alpha Consumer
Modi, the Brave Monkey Pirate, squeezes his magic rock and counts to three. Ouch! How to Make Shots Less Painful for Kids - On Parenting
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