In todays world mothers are returning to work 6 weeks after the birth of a baby. Some return much earlier. This is a tough situation, however two incomes are necessary for most families to get by on with todays economic situation as it is, to financially get by. People from older generations frown upon this and have plenty of negtive comments about parents who are 'choosing' their careers over taking proper care of their children. This of coarse is an inacurate judgement that adds to the maternal pressures of having to go back to work. Guilt, and anxiety over adequet child care overcome most mothers reentering the work field after giving birth. Most mothers do not intuitivly desire to leave their babies in the care of others while they go out to work.
Choosing proper child care for the infant/toddler is very important
during this crucial time of development. If the child is in less than nurturing,
caring hands this can prove to be detrimintal. Research has found that leaving a
child in inadequit child care, leaving child for extensive periods of time, and
pressures on the mother from working 2 full time jobs (work and parenting), can
leave the youngsters at risk for attatchment insecruity and adjustment problems
as well as many other developmental delays and emotional problems.
Where i live adequit, top knotch child care can be found but
usually by being put on a waiting list, comes with a large tab and is usually in
the largest town in your region. This is usually not convienient nor affordable
for your average mother earning less than the day care costs per week. So they
settle for the girl down the street who stays home with her own children looking
for some extra cash, but not necessarily interested in your childs developmental
stages. Theres also the scenario where the provider has that is available hasn't
enough adults per child ratio to provide proper supervision as well as
individual nurturing the child would othewise recieve at home.
Many parents are scouting out child care before conception. This
notion is veiwed as a bit anal where i'm from, however very smart from my
perspective. Once a child care provider is chosen a parent should never stop
being on gaurd. And never doubt a hunch. Mabey it isn't what it seems but when a
child is at risk for harm of any kind, be it physical, emotional, or
psycologically,(and all children are at some level of risk of this daily),
something that doesnt seem right should never be disregaurded. Our society has
demanded women return to work shortly after child birth but this doesnt have to
be a negative experience for the family. Choose a provider carefully and never
quit paying attention.