Most nights I feel like a broken record…. “Ok, who is doing the drop off and pick up and have you paid kindy?” It is the same conversation every night! We have to juggle meeting schedules and start and finish times to enable someone to pick up our daughter from kinda. While we are lucky as she only attends 3 days a week, it is still a massive struggle when you work 70+ hours a week.
While we have to find the time, the cost of childcare is also an issue. My husband and I are both lucky to have fantastic jobs, and while professionally we are satisfied I wouldn’t say we are well off, we are comfortable. Due to this fact we pay almost $100 a day (of post tax dollars) for childcare.
It is a fact that has meant we have had to downgrade our family plans – 3 children in kinda would mean it is just not worth working… I would be better off as a stay at home mum. I don’t think that it is fair to have to sacrifice my professional dreams and ambitions nor those to have a happy healthy family – However, due to the outrageous price of childcare it is just the cold hard facts of our current reality.
What a great initiative this site is… I hope in someway we can start to find a balance for those mums and dads who want to have a career and a family.