“The Kids Are Alright”

who cares for baby

Who cares for the baby?
Choices in Child Care
Glickman and Springer
1978

This was still in a collection as of this writing. Of course it is outdated and weed worthy for a public library. Since it is more academic than practical, it might have a place in some archive or academic library. This topic really chaps me personally, since I struggled with working and parenting decades ago. It is even more awful that this situation hasn’t improved.  Sadder still, it hasn’t really changed since this book was published. Since the authors include research on the USSR and China in this book, I am sure that any success would be discounted since we are talking about Communists.

Every time I get one of these books for this site, I end up on a rant of quality child care and availability. From what I can tell, child care is still only available if you have serious money, or supportive family that will pick up the slack. Too bad if you don’t have either. Someone needs to write a book about that.

Mary

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5 comments

  1. If I lived in certain other countries, I probably would have had children. Our country makes it so difficult and expensive to have kids. I would happily pay taxes for it even now.

  2. It’s strange that they describe day care centers as the “most expensive” option: are they forgetting live-in nannies?

    1. I think that live-in nannies would have been considered outside the the means of even the most upper middle class family in 1978. I assume this book wanted to focus on families of more average means?

  3. I’ll bet the Castle Square Day-care Center was in Boston, at the Castle Square housing development/project. At Tremont and Arlington in the South End — I used to do my wash in its laundromat.

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