How did we as a society get to the point where our infants and children must be placed in a facility while the parents work? How do we conclude that preschool is a necessity to allow our children to achieve in kindergarten and beyond?
Generations of children were cared for all day by the parent, mostly Mom and then went off to kindergarten and did just fine, no more, we are trapped.
Now we seek the federal government to pay for taking care of our children, okay other taxpayers to be accurate.
First we convinced women that just being a mom was not good enough, a career was the thing to have. After we did that, two income families drove up demand for houses and more and today two working parents is a necessity for most families or if not a necessity, a priority so that the acquisition of stuff that makes up the good life can be had … or charged.
And when day care under the guise of pre-school became the in thing, we did indeed advance the timing of education. So, yes, if there is no pre-school a child may play catch-up in kindergarten. We have trapped ourselves once again.
So, Mom and Dad, or many times a single parent, [see below] are off to work while paying thousands of dollars to leave their child in a facility to be cared for by others. In exchange we are on a quest for “quality time” with our children, often involving spending more money.
Our choices, or those made for us by society, and in some cases the quest for more and better stuff to keep up with the neighbors, has lead us to the point where we seek government to help raise our children.
I truly do find that so sad. 😢
Single parents (80% women)
According to Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2015, a report released by the U.S. Census Bureau every two years, there are approximately 13.7 million single parents in the United States today, and those parents are responsible for raising 22.4 million children. This number represents approximately 27 percent of children under 21 in the U.S. today.