"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.... 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."
Introducing Nap Time!
, the latest, most effective tool for child tantrum prevention! (SLYT)
Parents are a pain. Kids are a pain. But kids have their uses
--and sometimes, parents do too.
They can build things like a marble track around your room
. Or just hire someone to design a pirate ship bedroom
for you. Maybe teach you the alphabet in Star Wars
. Build a mini catapult for your toys
. Turn you into Robocop for Halloween
(or the Death Star
). Cut snowflakes
with you in the winter. If they get tired of pulling you and your sled up that hill, they can rig an engine
to do it for them. And who knows, they might inspire you
to start building your own projects. [more inside]
What our kids made:
The refrigerator door of the internet [via mefi projects
The ethics of infertility
: After taking fertility drug Clomid, Ryan and Brianna Morrison
conceived sextuplets. Their religious beliefs steered them away from undergoing a selective reduction
procedure in favor of bringing all six fetuses to term. Four of their newborns have died; the remaining two are in critical condition. This
mother of multiples says that while she's grateful that insurance and Medicaid covered her million-dollar hospital bill, her "quest to have a family resulted in a significant drain on society's resources."
Won't somebody please think of the children?
Oh, don't fool yourselves! Americans under the age of 12 now spend or influence the spending of $565 billion a year - up from $2.2 billion in 1968, and kid-spending has roughly doubled every ten years for the past three decades, tripling in the 1990s. Which means someone
thinking of the children. The American Association of Pediatrics
(pdf) cites this bludgeoning of kidvertising as creating in children "a fever for shopping and spending, swollen expectations about material needs, decreasing immunity to the assaults of advertisers, self-concepts defined by brands of clothing, and a rash of of debt by the time they leave college". [more...]
A Parent's Guide to Anime
includes a few hundred informative
reviews, organized by rating
. Found via this thread
at the Christian discussion site Arts & Faith
, whose users included Waking Life
, Bad Lieutenant
, Life of Brian
and Fight Club
in their list of the Top 100 Spiritually Significant Films
is a community service created by Ben and Suzette Hosken. The parents of two young children, they saw a need for a service providing details of playgrounds within their local area as well as when travelling. This idea grew into Playground Finder. [found while eyeballing loobylu]
Pennsylvania School cut father's opportunity to lunch with his son
after he has been there every day for four years. Due to his work schedule this is the only time he has to spend with his son.