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Home Alone

South Carolina mom arrested for leaving 9-year-old alone

 

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/working-parents-struggle-find-child-care-summer-article-1.1883940

 

I have a huge problem with the story in the article above. This lady is facing up to ten years in prison because this country does not affordable childcare. Instead of being incarcerated and punish should we as a society try to help her. She was not doing drugs or prostituting herself she had to go to work to keep a roof over her families heads and food on their table. Her only crime was that she could not afford to send her child to daycare.

 

In the US child care is expensive and pay is low for most jobs.

 

The average cost of center-based daycare in the United States is $11,666 per year ($972 a month), but prices range from $3,582 to $18,773 a year ($300 to $1,564 monthly), according to the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA.

 

Many people cannot afford it, and due to the political shift to the right in our politics many of the funds to our social services have been reduced dramatically. Due to this reality many working people have tough choices to make. Either they quit their jobs go on welfare to take care of the children’s childcare needs. Or the go to work and leave their kids unsupervised. A third option is to bring their kids to unlicensed daycare that have no regulatory supervision. I think that this situation is criminal and needs to change.

 

Another issue that I have that is not so clear-cut is people saying her daughter was too young to be left alone. Was her daughter at 9 yrs old of age, too young to be left alone. When I was growing up in the 70’s and 80’s it was a common occurrence for parents to leave their children unattended from a young age. My parents left me alone with my sisters and brother when we were 9 and younger.. I spent my summers left alone to my own devices when was 7. We made to our teens years safely and none of our parents were arrested for child endangerment.

 

So what is a working parent to do in this current environment? One thing that should not happen is getting arrested for trying to do the right thing.


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Talking about Race

Due to the recent shooting of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer in Ferguson MI, the issue of race has been front center in our lives. What I find interesting is how even in 2014, is how hard it still is to talk about race and how it effects us. This blog sums it up perfectly..

 

http://qz.com/257474/what-riding-my-bike-has-taught-me-about-white-privilege/.

 

We as a people are extremely uncomfortable talking about race relations. My black friends think white people are to naïve to understand the issue, or too racist. My whites are either to naïve to get or get to defensive to talk about race.

 

We need to push past the uncomfortable silences and face the issues head on. White people need to come to terms with the idea of white privilege. Black people need to come to terms that all of our problems are not caused by “The Man” and start taking personal responsibility for our circumstances.

 

We also just need to start hanging out with each other. I’ve recently read that the majority of people have never had a friend from another race. If that sad fact is true, we will never get over our race issues. If we continue to stay ignorant of each others cultures we will continue to have an atmosphere of mistrust. Blacks will continue to think all whites are racists, whites will continue to cross the street when they see a black teen walking towards them. All people of latin decent will be looked at as illegals etc.

 

I am sick and tired of our race issues. I know to many good people from all backgrounds and nationalities for race to such a derisive issue for our country.