In almost half of all states, the cost of center-based care for one child exceeded annual median rent payments, the report said. And when two children are factored in, the costs exceeded rent payments in all 50 states. Child Care Aware also found that in 35 states, the cost to provide center-based care for an infant was higher than in-state tuition and fees for one year at a four-year public college. Full article at money.cnn.com
|Sebastian just found out he's the father of quadruplets.|
|That's right. Doubles.|
A former coworker of mine was amazed when his wife and he sat down to do their family budget only to discover that after paying for childcare for their 3 year old and their 6 month old, his wife was clearing $5,000 annually.
|This is me doing a household budget.|
I grew up in the care of my father Monday through Friday until I was four years old. My dad worked night shift at local mental care facility as a security guard. This trained him well to deal with me from the age of 13-17. I did benefit from the fact that my grandmother watched me while my dad worked. She lived up the street from our apartment and I got to hang out with one of my favorite people on this planet on a regular basis.
When my dad remarried, just before my fifth birthday, my stepmother and he worked opposite shifts, so there was always somebody home with me. I never appreciated how rare that was until I started looking at the young families I know just starting out now. It's next to impossible unless you and your partner work opposite shifts or you have very willing and giving and awesome family who you can entrust the care of your child to on a daily basis.
|Actual picture of Mom-mom not available. But this is realllly close.|
(And for the record, if you love your job and don't want to stay at home with your kid, it's totally your call. I'm not saying you have to drop everything professional because you decide to have a baby. But I know very few people who love their jobs and fewer still who would say they love their jobs as much as their children.)
|It'd be funny if it weren't true.|