The Worries of Our Children's Saftey
I have older children now, and my kids are looking at colleges and where to escape for their summers. Yet, I remember needing daycare for them. I also have friends who have either started having children later in life, have second families starting up, or are just lucky because they are younger than me. Meanwhile, I see that finding a safe and affordable daycare is a huge challenge. Did you know that the costs of childcare exceed a family’s annual median rent in almost half of the states? Literally, childcare is breaking the bank for the dual-income family. Why do families pay for such expensive care you ask? Well, there is no amount of money that can replace your child. Safety becomes job number one. People, especially moms, are willing to pay with blood, sweat and tears to keep their kids safe.
How do you know when your child is safe? Each state has a different set of licensing requirements and different enforcement efforts. This failure to standardize the level of safety in childcare institutions is making childcare dangerous in many parts of the country, where regulations are not in effect. Parents have so much to worry about: dangerous conditions of pedophile teachers, unsafe playgrounds, unsanitary conditions, the safety of our children, including from violence from other children, and so much more. In the past, bullying used to be when a big guy took your lunch money. Now bullying is a cyber campaign to destroy our reputation. Even worse, now we have rash or mentally-disturbed children who have brought automatic weapons to school to start a killing spree. It is very disturbing. The younger the child, the more we have to watch out for. For example, some people would take advantage of the inability of a child to vocalize an offense to them. It is just scary.
Parental involvement is mandatory to keep our children safe. Let everyone know you are close to your child and will find out what is going on at their school. For younger children, the unwanted pop-in visit is one of the best ways to find out just how well your child is being cared for. We have seen so many cases of hurt children on bad playground equipment and dangerous conditions that we feel it is important to always inspect where our child will learn and play. Do not subject your child to any unnecessary dangers!