Everyone is Talking
About the funny PSA tackling the topic of childcare costs.
Why do I care?
It’s an issue that affects all of us. How do we afford quality childcare for our children while also making sure the rest of our bills and household needs are met?
Tell me more.
The Make it Work Campaign is using humor in a video to tackle the tough topic of childcare costs. In the video a young boy is playing the role of financial advisor to a young girl. He advises her that she needs to start saving now for her future childcare costs because they are $11,000 per child, per year. The video goes on to cite that childcare costs more than most college tuition rates. On the Make It Work campaign site, it states, in part:
Working families, and especially women, are increasingly experiencing deep economic instability, between the lingering pay gap, the increasing costs of child and elder care, the lack of paid family leave and low wages. America is ready for common sense workplace policies and ambitious solutions that will help people across the country “make it work.”
With this in mind, we like what they’re trying to do here.
In the Trenches
Speaking of childcare, when it comes to where you place your child for daycare or preschool, have you considered an intergenerational learning center? These are learning centers that allow for interactions between younger children and elderly adults. A pretty cool concept if you ask us.
One such facility known for it’s successful program is Mount St. Vincent in Seattle. Throughout the school week the nursing home residents and children interact throughout the day for activities like music, art, lunch and even making sandwiches for the local homeless. The benefits for the elderly include improved health and morale when they might otherwise experience loneliness and isolation. The kids benefit from becoming accustomed to interacting with elderly and individuals with disabilities which is great for their social and emotional development. Mount St. Vincent has a regular waiting list of hundreds, which doesn’t surprise us.
Why Didn’t We Think of That?
We love a good hack. Anything that makes our life easier and leaves us with more money in our wallet is a win in our book, so when Asha Dornfest released her Parent Hacks book, we knew we’d be all in. However, it wasn’t until we were on a long drive, alone for a stretch listening to her Parenting Bytes podcast interview that we knew just how much we would love her book. The podcast gave us the rundown we were looking for – toilet paper tubes cut into ‘bracelet cuffs’ to secure wrapping paper, vinyl table clothes for high chair messes (among other things) , and apparently maxi pads and painters tape need to be stocked around the home for more than just the obvious uses. Who knew? This book is one of those books that you gift to all your friends having babies. And, as they recommend in the podcast, perhaps you give them some painters tape and maxi pads too.
Your Digital Life
Dementia is a bitch and anything that can help with diagnosis sooner is pretty stellar in our book. Well, apparently, there’s an App for that –Sea Hero Quest is a new game that you can play that may help doctors diagnose dementia early. It takes players on various spatial quests and the data is going to be used over time to help identify the early onset of dementia. So, think of yourself as a super hero and get to playing.
We’re taking off here at Trending Parent for the remainder of the week due to a loss in the family. As we mentioned when we launched, family first. And, we’re a start-up that works mostly in real-time, so when loss happens, this ship gets parked. We’ll be back on Monday with our regular programming. Thank you for understanding. In the mean time, share us with your friends, won’t you? Help grow the village.