Whenever I tell another mom about my grandparent child care arrangement, I’m met with intense envy.
Your mom and your in-laws watch your kids while you work part-time? You are so LUCKY!
It’s true that my situation allows for the best of both worlds; I love that I’m home with my kids two days a week, but I have family-based child care the other three weekdays so I can focus on my teaching and writing.
According to recent data, I’m far from the only mom with this kind of situation.
As of 2010, a staggering 2.7 million grandparents in the U.S. were responsible for the basic needs of at least one grandchild living with them. A Census survey also found that grandparents are the primary child care provider for 30 percent of working parents whose children are younger than five. More →