Well, until today, I would always wish that mother should be the first place for the care of the kids. As in this article, the sad stories and the drawbacks of child care are perhaps miserable. It is not only that outsourcing the provision of care for children in a family (esp. a mother) means that parents would not have the core competence to the development of their children, but also, it creates the unhealthy bod within the family.

This is a kind of outsourcing strategy that I have learnt, i.e. we transfer resources/tasks that are not the corporate (in this family) core competences to external parties. This reveals that the development pf the kids is not the core competence of family which is contrary to the vision of family. However, there are some burdens, in which both parents have their own careers. Thus, outsourcing to child day care is probably the option which in some ways create debatable arguments. Hopefully, though, mother is still the first madrasah for the children.


Even the most self-congratulatory conversations about parenting young children are often tinged with an unmistakable air of guilt. Its source lies in a fundamental contradiction: We might be obsessed with our kids’ food, activities, and intellectual development, but in order to provide these things in the first place, many parents also need to outsource the feeding, playing, and teaching to people who are more or less strangers. We work; they go to day care.

Child care is a minefield of a topic, and navigating it inevitably detonates questions of class and gender, labor and social justice. It’s where politics and geography become not just personal, but also emotional (and, sometimes, heartbreaking). Here are eight stories about day care: a place working parents know all too well, but never quite well enough.

1. “The Hell of American Day Care.” (Jonathan Cohn, New Republic, April 14, 2013)

Cohn’s retelling of a fire…

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