The Reality of Overpriced Childcare
Stefanie Miller is a regular MomSub blog contributor who knows firsthand how to confront conflicting emotions when searching for affordable and trusted childcare.
I had the pleasure of speaking with another fellow mom about childcare, and I am continuing to find even more families that are struggling with finding childcare options that are right for them. In this instance, it was all about the expense. Going through the same thing myself, I can relate to this mom. So many families need two incomes to make ends meet, and this often means that mothers have to go back to work after giving birth. Some women want to get back to their careers simply because they just enjoy what they do. Other mothers want to have the opportunity to stay home and raise their little ones, but sometimes that is not an option because there are bills to be paid.
Regardless of the reason you are looking for childcare, we moms are all the same. We want affordable, flexible, reliable childcare that provides us with comfort in knowing that our babies are safe and well taken care of. This is what I learned from the perspective of a mom who resides in a small town called Kirksville in northeastern Missouri. She asked me to not use her name.
"This woman and her husband are renting an apartment for grandma, so she can care for their son while they are work. They did this because it was less expensive than putting their son in full-time childcare."
After giving birth to her son, this mother had to return to work, so she and her husband could earn enough income for their growing family. This meant looking for a daycare that would be able to watch their newborn. The search was far from
easy, and they came up empty. Luckily, her mother was available to save the day
as she had coincidently recently retired.
This woman and her husband are renting an
apartment for grandma, so she can care for their son while they are work. They did this because it was less expensive than putting their son in full-time childcare. Let that sink in. Monthly rent and utilities for an apartment were CHEAPER than childcare.
I can relate to this all too well when I was looking for a daycare for my son after he was born. It shouldn’t be this way. No one should have to make these kinds of choices for their children, yet this is the reality for so many families.
I had spoken to this mother about MomSub, and she gave me some of her opinions on the concept. Not many parents have the option of a family member who both lives nearby and is available to care for their children. Having the ability to grow a community where moms help moms can save so many families money and stress. After all, we are all mothers who want the best for our children. We want the same for others as well. None of us enjoy seeing others struggle, and that is where MomSub comes in. It is the opportunity to make a difference in someone else’s world. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?
Stefanie Miller is a freelance writer living in Florida with her husband, two young children and mother-in-law. She shares the challenges of parenting through her blog athttps://stefmillerwrites.wordpress.com/.