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Has Child Care Changed Over The Years?

Nov 14, 2007
As the world population explodes and more households are having duo income with both parents on full-time employment, the dynamics of child care in the United States have changed fairly radically in the last 20 years. It has become a much discussed topic with many studies producing reports about its advantages and disadvantages and how children should be brought up in the 21st century.

Child Care Going Professional

Child care entails more than just simply raising, educating and disciplining a child. Today, the child care industry is booming. It has now become mainstream business and the emergence of a host of child care centers up and down the country is a testament to the increasing demand for professional child care services in the modern society. People's view on child care have shifted over the years as parents are now more open-minded to using new methods of raising children. This evolution is a far cry from when the mother, grandparents and nanny, if one could afford it, did most if not all of the looking after of the children at home.

Given more women are now entering the workforce than 50 years ago, the responsibilities of caring for a child no longer sit squarely on the parents' shoulders. The modern society is a lot more sophisticated now and the way children are raised today is getting more complicated. Professional carers enter this field to pick up the slack. It can be a godsend for some parents who have to work long hours to pay the bills and simply couldn't find enough time to interact with their children, much less providing round the clock care for them. In these circumstances, it provides parents with the peace of mind that their children are getting professional care from qualified people who are specially trained to take care of young children while they are away at work.

Many nurseries have mushroomed in recent years to take care of infants as well. Although this service may not be everyone's cup of tea as most mothers will find it difficult to entrust their new born or young toddlers to someone else, there is still a demand for them nonetheless. Local community centers that are registered can refer parents to qualified child care professionals. Alternatively, getting personal recommendations from other parents or a reliable friend who themselves have had first hand experience is another way of finding a good child care center.

Sending a child to a child care center still proves to be controversial. Some parents are adamant that every child needs the personal love and warmth of their parents as opposed to some stranger at a child care center. Others argue placing children in the hands of professionally trained people will greatly enhance a child's social skills as they will be interacting with other children of around the same age. They learn to be adaptive, flexible and will also learn to share and care about others compared to a solitary child whose only interaction is with the parents and family members.
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