Friday 18 August 2017

Allison Keating: What is the best for your child? It's all about navigating the parental map

Childcare is always fraught, but it's never wrong to rely on your instincts
Childcare is always fraught, but it's never wrong to rely on your instincts

Allison Keating

CHILDCARE is not an easy one for parents. Believe me, I know. Motherhood involves huge decisions. For every plus, there is a minus. Let's be realistic, though; with the majority of people requiring a dual income to survive the current financial and emotional flood that is the economic minefield we are living in, the precedent for the mother to have the option to stay home is not often a clear runner in this country.

Regardless of financial reasons, there are also a lot of women who want to work and I praise women who know that being a full-time mother is not for them. From a psychological point of view, a happy mother means a happy child.

The difficulty for parents is finding someone who can care for their child in a way that makes them happy, comfortable and safe as parents.

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