Not Everyone Has a Nanny
This past Sunday,The New York Times Magazinepublished a photo essay called "Love, Money, and Other People's Children" about the confusing and complicated relationships families have with their nannies. Beautiful Madonna-and-child-style photographs of nannies with the children they take care of accompanied the essay by Mona Simpson. As a working mom, I always turn right to these types of articles and devour them immediately. I can't get enough of other women's stories about the choices they make in order for their lives work.
As is usually the case, though, I came away from the article disappointed. I found the portraits to be beautiful, but honestly, I couldn't really relate. I am a working mom in New York City who has never employed a nanny. Both of my children started in daycare at three months old, which is when I went back to work — and I know that I'm not alone. How many families in America (and, yes, even NYC) can afford upward of 0 per week for childcare? In most of the country, working parents would never even think of "nanny" as a child-care option. Yet there are rarely stories about the need for more flexible daycare and afterschool programs for children of working parents.
It is a reality for most parents — especially with the downturn in the economy — that they have to work past 5 p.m., yet most daycare centers and afterschool programs end at 6 or 6:30. It's a reality that the public school calendar gives kids about 25 days offduring the school year(not including summer), but most parents have no more than two to three weeks of vacation for theentireyear.
Instead of devoting so much space to this soul-searching story examining whether nannies love the kids they care for more than the parents do, shouldn't we be talking about the real issue for most parents: How to find affordable child care that is in sync with their work schedules?
Kim Cheney is the Managing Editor of REDBOOK.
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