After reading “When day care becomes night care” in today’s World-Herald, I kissed my two daughters on the cheek as they slept-in. They were tucked in their own beds, drooling and dreaming of pink ponies and rainbows (or whatever toddlers think about).
Three years ago, I struggled with the decision to send my first daughter, Alejandra, to day care. My mother was upset. She wanted me to be a stay-at-home mommy like her. My 50-year-old mother didn’t enter the work force until her last child – there were six of us – was in school.
“But I have a career,” I told her. “I’m a career woman.”
Her response: “Being a mom is a full-time career, too.”
Talk about mommy guilt.
I’m fortunate, though. If I had to throw irregular work hours into the equation, the decision would’ve broke my heart even more.
To make ends meet, parents have to make tough choices. And, now, nighttime care is one of them.
According to a University of Maryland professor quoted in the article, about 40 percent of the U.S. labor force now works some form of nonstandard hours, including evenings, nights, weekends and early mornings.
Some Omaha child care centers are adjusting their schedules to meet the need.
Are your kids in day or nighttime care? How did you come to that decision? Share your stories on our momaha forums.
Momaha editor Josie Loza is a mom of three: Alejandra, 3; Gabriella, who turned 1 on Friday; and Bobby Jr., 8, her boyfriend’s son from a previous relationship. They’re raising the kids in a blended household. We spoke with her about the new role, being a mom and her hopes for momaha.com.