Parents often turn blind eye to faulty home day care

  • Article by: JEREMY OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 26, 2012 - 9:53 PM

Loyalty, few options cited for tolerating iffy conditions.

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passingtimeAug. 26, 1210:22 PM

Seriously. What is your problem with home daycare? Rather than naming this article, "Parents often turn blind eye to faulty home day care"....why isn't it, "Parents' Efforts to Keep Home Day Care Open a Year Ago, Failed." They keep running these stories bashing home daycares, and likely discouraging/confusing new parents who don't know any better?!? Yes, I understand that there are some unfit providers out there...but I believe that there are more wonderful providers out there than you think. Perhaps you could run a story on some of the fabulous providers out there, the things that they do for the children in their care, and the relationships that evolve between provider and child/famiy.

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dahutysAug. 26, 1210:54 PM

The daycare provider's house was so dirty that it took a team of parents A WEEK to get it cleaned up and her clutter dealt with...and you're defending that?!? My nephews go to a home daycare provider who cares for them like they're her own kids, and yet still manages to clean her crap up without her customers having to step in. A good friend also does in-home daycare, and spends her Saturdays making lesson plans for fun things the kids will do the following week, and yet still manages to keep her house so spotless you could eat off the floor. It's an insult to them to act like dirty, disorganized daycare providers should be given a free pass to be slobs.

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grouchomarxAug. 27, 12 6:13 AM

So... The parents were happy with the daycare and the government was not. Whose judgement should prevail? Life in the Peoples Republic of Minnesota.

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smartmamaAug. 27, 12 7:19 AM

This is the reason we have so many issues in many areas not just day care. You can use this for bad business, political and personal decisions too. It is why there are rules and laws in place to protect those when other won't. In addition, parents can feel guilt, even denial, if they have placed their children in a facility where a child dies or a provider is accused of harm, said Julia Wrigley, a New York sociologist who has studied safety issues in child care. "[They feel like] it's a commentary on their own judgment," she said. "They chose this provider. They kept their children with this provider. And so it creates a very high level of cognitive dissonance to contemplate the idea that this provider might have in some fashion been responsible for a child's death

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Thumper5316Aug. 27, 12 7:23 AM

"flexible -- and indispensable to their busy schedules." As usual, to today's "parents" (and I use the term loosely), it's all about them and their kids are forced, as usual, to take a back seat.

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metoo7Aug. 27, 12 8:17 AM

So many are so quick to judge. I dare say none of those with such a quick judgment have bothered to formulate what it would be like attempting to pay for gas to work, pay the rent or mortgage and purchase groceries after factoring in ALL taxes(i.e.-state, federal, sales, FICA, real estate, the list goes on. Does anyone integrate what they read any more? Real household incomes have been declining for decades. Are you really going to throw in $20,000 in annual daycare costs on a couple with a child or two and $25000 to $65000 in household income and expect that to work, simply because it is a more safe environment for their children? For many, simply economics dictates that parents cross the fingers and pray a lot. Laying the blame on young couples in ludicrous in my opinion. We are older and retired with house paid off, but I can certainly remember what it was like when you were suddenly thrown a transmission bill or had to replace a furnace.

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themightybAug. 27, 12 8:22 AM

I'm not going to try to defend the business described in this story. I will agree with passingtime on one point specifically, what is it with the Strib and home daycares lately?

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buttonpunkinAug. 27, 12 9:05 AM

In my experience, in home daycares are LESS flexible than centers. The hours of operation are shorter. And the bottom line is that in centers there are more eyes watching over children. Those I know who choose in home vs. centers state they do it to save money - and these are people who can afford a center.

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scottkyAug. 27, 12 9:09 AM

I don't see anyone offering suggestions on how to try and keep the cost of daycare down. Minnesota is second in the nation in daycare costs. Some people are placing their children in these home day cares in an attempt to keep their heads above water. How about adressing this in an article?

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ric4764Aug. 27, 12 9:15 AM

I'm becoming very tired of these misleading articles from the Star Tribune. My home daycare lady is WONDERFUL! Her house is spotless, her care of my children has been invaluable to us as parents. Our children have their manners, in part, because of how Karen enforces/demand good behavior. She's been raising children for over 20 years and she knows more about raising kids than we did. I've heard of some of the rules the county places on her and I immediatly think of my own house and know that I would be condemmed if I was held to the same standard. WHY is the Star Tribune attacking home daycares?

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