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June 30, 2014

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bonnie dudley

President Obama? That caring man? Like he cares for the families of the Benghazi victims he and Hillary LIED about?

Mike Maier

Full time care giver for both parents.
This is my occupation now. More important
than any job. I Down sized, made my house
a rental to pay the mortgage. We share a
home now.
I care for mom in the latter stages of ALZ
and father with pain management and
other health issues. I manage the medication,
meals, house, appointments and care. It is
not easy and I am aging as well. Will I be taking
their place when my care for them has run
it's course. Then who will care for me.

jaime gutierrez

My five year old daughter was sexually molested in a foster home. Why can't there be extensive search on who lives in those homes? Two of the young men there would go into my daughters room at night. While the foster dad was sleeping. Now my daughter is going through so much because of this. There is no help here in Tucson. No one seems to care that this happened to a brown child. No therapy or counseling. They were not going to investigate. I had to contact the mayor for them to get off their butt and investigate. I am an adult. I can take the abuse that this city has to dish out. I have done so for 7 months. But why did they have to punish my daughter by placing her with two pedophiles?

Jean Townsend

Sheila, I believe childcare and perhaps adult care in some cases has always been an expense that goes along with working parents. I paid for childcare for a number of years and I made sure it was in our budget. I have been among the fortunate people who have been priviledged to make a good salary, thus I could afford childcare. I on the other hand, resent government getting involved in my business and my family's business when it comes to care. I believe in the private sector. The government is already overreaching too extensively in our lives and those of our children. When we accept handouts from the government then we must also accept their agenda and their programs - which generally "suck." Yes, I wrote the word "suck." As someone who's been an educator, I've seen the dismal results of government-run schools and facilities. There are many families in need of childcare - but when you take into consideration how much say a wife can actually profit from working after childcare expenses, it's not worth the trouble for her to work! I think families need to seriously consider whether it's worth both parents working - if I'm in the "hole" after paying childcare, then I'm choosing not to work. If, all I'm clearing after gas, childcare, clothing, etc is a few dollars a week, then, is it worth it? Absolutely not. But I don't believe our government should foot the bill either. What, I believe is that our tax dollars that go to fund local schools should also fund childcare starting at age 3 for everyone regardless of income, because property tax is a non-discrimatory tax. We all pay the same percentage until we reach age 65. Our local school taxes are the largest portion of our property taxes. By adding a few cents more to the property tax rate, then diverting that percentage to our childcare, many women would probably return to the workforce. I believe a woman should stay home with her children when they're young, but I also know that most families in this country have come to depend on two-salaries. I've worked for many years and paid childcare for many years, so I certainly can empathize, but I never expected my state or my country to pay for me to work....

Amanda

I live in a rural mountainous area where there are three daycares that take children below the age of two. They are quite expensive about 900 a month for a single child, and are only open from 7am to 530pm. My two youngest are 5 and 1.5 years old. There is only one daycare two daycares that take children between the ages of 5-7.

While there are some places that pay very well, most pay about 10 dollars an hour.
In the type of work I do, rotating shifts/mandatory overtime/weekends are often required to even get a job.
I would love to coop or work part time in a meaningful way, not just at grocery store or as a barista. I have a master's degree and would like to use it.
I have spent so much money on my education and it is just languishing because between the amount of taxes my husband and I pay and paying for daycare I would have to pay to work.
Then, what if a child gets sick? And I have to take off work. My husband would not be able to because he works 2hours away from the house.
It is a lose-lose situation, and I do not want to be a SAHM.

Sara Stephens

My story is a statistic. I got pregnant at 17. Graduated high school 7 months pregnant. Started college a month after she was born. Became a nationally certified Phlebotomist and a medical assistant with an associates degree. I am 21 and now have 2 babies. My fiance cant work because he is a stay at home daddy. He is great at it but living on just my paycheck hurts alot. He can't get a job or even start his schooling because we can't afford child care. We live with his mother in a 2 bedroom single wide.8 people live in this house with 2 dogs 3 cats and a guinea pig. Our only pet is the guinea pig. I am also currently trying to get not only food assitance but assistance to help buy a home for the 4 of us. If the president knew more about families like mine, I don't know. Maybe things could be a little brtter. I don't like asking for help or want handouts. But I feel I am going to be stuck in this spot forever.
Sara and family.

David Helmers

Tell him to resign or get impeached for treason!

Ask him to take in all the children that he and Michelle are allowing to cross the border from Mexico. He can pass his wisdom onto them and Michelle can teach them how to grow a vegetable garden!

This influx of illegals is absurd! Who will pay for it?

Just sayin!

Becca K

First healthcare (which is failing miserably), now child care? What else would you like the government to provide?

The People's Republic of China and USSR failed for a reason. Government control is failed policy.

Shame on you care.com for supporting this propaganda.

If you can't pay for the basic needs of your children, don't have them. Or, here is a novel idea, WAIT to have kids until you can afford them!

I know personal responsibility and accountability is a bygone concept, but it's not rocket science.

Kim

We have a wonderful daughter who is multiply disabled. Although I have the potential to be a good wage earner I am her primary caregiver and not able to go out to work. Our budget is extremely tight. By God's math and grace we are making ends meet. I don't think its a good idea for the government to become more involved with our lives. I've sought out help thru government agencies only to find that the majority of the money that is allocated to the poor and disabled goes to cover the cost of employees and paperwork. Also, the folks in these positions want to help but they are not properly trained or prepared to provide the kind of care required. I say let the people keep their tax dollars and use it as they see fit. The government has way too many reasons to tax us as much as they do already. Tax payers need a break. I also believe that if more people were able to keep their earned money they would be more apt to volunteer and or be more interested in helping the folks in their own communities who need it. Thank you.

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