Our economy must be in a recession if a one hundred thousand dollar salary is not enough to provide for a middle class suburban family. What is wrong with the United States of America? Gasoline and milk alone have more than tripled their prices over the last few years. Duel incomes are starting to be required in order to get by these days. Where does that leave the infant’s, toddlers and pre-schooler’s spending their days? The people that are working hard to make descent salaries are starting to suffer and be faced with the do I stay at home, or send my child to day care decision. On-line consumers beware, I project that the increase in people looking for some type of personal or family assistance will increase in the near future do to the high stress and tension which these life altering decisions provide.
Some people have the luxury of family and friends to assist them with their little ones, while others can afford a nanny or aupair. On the East Coast, many families commute over an hour to nearby cities, and will depend on private centers to meet the hours they will require. Since many day cares throughout our country already have waiting lists for children to enter their programs, parents will lean to the internet to find reputable programs for their children. They are going to want to see friendly sites which include pictures, prices and curriculum. These sites have to sell these families on why they should leave their prized possession with them rather than a competitor. Parents will be looking for information which shows proof that they are licensed and have staff certified teachers.
If prices in the real world continue on this steady increase, it is possible that the daycare centers in our country will fill to their maximum capacity leaving an enormous amount of children without a place to spend their days while their parents work to make a living. Should mom stay at home, or go back to work? The child bearer cannot and should not face such a family decision alone. Communication is required and necessary for a family to overcome any obstacle. Mother’s who do not have a partner which they can converse with will turn to the computer for answers. They will seek sites that will help them with depression, provide friendly empathetic support, and possible family therapy contacts. These topics are extremely hard to discuss, and very east to navigate. Women are going to depend on technology as their therapists. Sites which include support groups, online instant messaging, and Dear Abby’s will be popular. In addition, they will be questioning their own mental health and wondering what medications are available.
It is a shame that families in the USA will not truly be able to raise their children how they wish, not to mention the repercussions which may follow. I hope the internet is ready to help people find the right day care programs for their little ones. In addition, I hope that on line surfing provides credible support services to women who are forced to make decisions which they are not completely comfortable with.