Parents are obviously frustrated to see how the child spent his / her day. Mothers' being mother's would compare their children with others and in the absence of a viable solution, often make the choice to become the primary care giver. They would quit their job and focus on parenting although that decision too, does not sit well with many career minded women of today, not for long, and rightly so. There is no reason for a woman to give up her career, if she is as much educated and earning almost the same as the man of the house.
So let’s see. The problem dimensions unfold as follows:
The Children – Lack direction, attention and are just getting through their day, doing what they can do best, wherever they are, which is mostly unstructured play.
The Parents – Unhappy with the progress of the child, guilty about not spending quality time with the child, willing to buy any child care service for the child that money can afford, although there is no such service available, which would really meet their expectations.
The Care Givers – De-motivated with the lack of appreciation as parents don’t see the results and have constant issues with the ‘how’ of child care.
The ‘Job Providing’ Corporations – Perplexed with the dwindling number of women at mid management levels and above, despite deploying strategic initiatives focused on diversity.
The City – Floundering with a bunch of children who lack adequate direction and parental support, growing up to become the future citizens.
So what’s the solution? Quality Day Care and where does it exist, if any? Sadly, nowhere nearby. The best alternative - A Parents’ Cooperative.
A trusted community of women getting together and dividing child care responsibilities – school pick up and drop facilities, activity class escort, homework, play, just to name a few. What if, groups of women who trusted each other and whose kids liked hanging out with each other, were to create a collective schedule? What if providing this kind of a platform was a kind of service made available in apartment complexes, at a particular cost? Better than the day care. Better than nannies. Respite for the grandparents as well. What options do we have?
Till we do get more options, it is The Parents’ Cooperative calling! It cannot be rocket science so one does not need consultants to figure it out. Just do what you have to do for your child. Add a couple of more families in the mix. It is the new age child care solution. The only viable option we have, really. Go ahead and try it out. Set one up with your trusted network and share how it works. Everyone stands to benefit - you, me, everyone with kids!
About the Author:
A Certified Professional Coach (CPC) from the International Coach Academy (Australia). She is a PCC (Professional Certified Coach), accredited by one of the world’s largest accreditation body for coaches, ICF (International Coach Federation). She is the Founder of Life Beyond Motherhood.