Child care can be one of the most difficult decisions for parents. Whether it’s child care, in-home care or family care, it can be stressful to decide what’s best. In this episode, Dr. Cathy Subber and Erica Lopez are joined by two guest hosts, Lindsay Chan and Grace Boland to share their experiences in choosing child care.
Weigh the Cost of Care
The moms say parents need to factor their values, their child’s personal needs, and yes, a budget.
“My husband and I have a lot of good friends and we just trade with each other sometimes for date nights. It’s a win, win,” said Lindsay Chan.
“Our childcare is when we have events to go to, my parents are newly retired, so up until a little less than a year ago, it was a neighbor, a babysitter or just saying no,” said Erica Lopez.
In fact, about 70 percent of mothers in the U.S. work outside the home, according to the Pew Research Center, and the rate is even higher for fathers, making child care a necessity for many families.
“We did a nanny share with another family. We had her Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and those were the days my husband and I both worked, and then I stayed home Tuesday, Thursday. It was nice for me work three and a half days and be home three and a half days,” said Dr. Cathy Subber.
What Works for Your Child
Every child is different, which means there’s no right answer when it comes to supervision. Some children prefer the comfort of mom or dad, while others thrive with relatives or babysitters.
“With my oldest, he’s getting used to it now, with my youngest, it’s normal for him,” said Grace Boland.
“My daughter thinks it’s fun. She gets excited when there’s someone new that’s coming to play with her that’s a high schooler that’s way more fun than I am.” Lindsay Chan.
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- Dr. Cathy Subber
- Erica Lopez
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- Grace Boland
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