Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Evaluating your child care options
One of the most difficult aspects of working parenthood is deciding on child care for your kids. Can you afford to stay home? Hire a nanny? An au pair? What about sharing a baby sitter? If you're looking at daycare, do you go with a preschool-like center or a less formal home-care situation?
Over at Work It, Mom!, I've been writing and editing a great Essentials Guide to Child Care, pulling together links to all of the site's great articles, blog posts, checklists, and quick tips about day care, nannies, pre-schools, and more. In doing so, I've had a chance to do a lot of research and writing (as the "Work It, Mom! Team," of course); if you're looking for answers -- or, for that matter, for questions to ask -- these three pieces are a good start:
Nanny Interview Questions
Evaluating Daycares and Preschools
Mama Drama: Kryptonite for Working Moms
The Juggle: Childcare edition