Many parents will agree that raising children now is much more challenging than in the past. Life has seemingly become more complicated as family “needs” include pricey technological gadgets that were simply “wants” in the past. As both parents are more inclined than ever to work full-time jobs, the new dilemma is: Who will look after the kids while we are away?
The Usual Setup
The much sought-after setup for many working parents is to leave the children with a relative or close family friend. Parents feel the kids’ safety is surer this way. However, the kids usually end up in front of the TV or other electronic gadgets without much guidance at all. You can’t help that the relatives and family friends have other matters to attend to as well.
A Better Way
An alternative that parents are now discovering is to leave their kids at a daycare (Salt Lake City has lots). Daycare centers have trained staff and proper facilities to ensure the safety and well-being. This arrangement is also more stable schedule-wise. Child care centers are always around. A sitter or nanny may call in sick, leaving you scrambling to find someone else to watch the kids.
The Other Pluses
Also, many daycares now offer a variety of activities for the children. Aside from providing play opportunities, some centers have academic and art lessons. As such, the kids are learning something new and not just watching TV or playing all the time. And this is something many parents appreciate since they might not have time at home to do so with their kids.
Life today is tougher than before, but this does not mean that families cannot cope. There now are better ways for working parents to ensure they are making the best choices for their family.