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One of the biggest decisions parents have to make after choosing to have a child involves deciding who will care for that child, especially during the early developmental years. Parents choose to resolve this difficult dilemma in many ways. Some families choose to use full-time childcare, while in other families one parent stays or works at home for all or part of the time, or a parent chooses to leave the workforce completely in order to become the primary caregiver.

Finding appropriate and affordable child care is often a challenge. There are different options available in different places, and at many different price points (although all options are expensive). Each care option comes with its own advantages and disadvantages. It can be confusing for parents to sort though the different options, and to locate local caregiving resources that fit their individual needs while remaining appropriate and affordable.

 

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What issues should I consider when thinking about child care?

  • One of the biggest decisions parents have to make after choosing to have a child involves deciding who will care for that child, especially during the early developmental years.
  • A nanny is a professional caregiver of any age and level of experience who will work in the parent’s home to care for the child.
  • Another type of childcare is to have a relative, friend, or neighbor provide care.
  • The following websites may be helpful during the process of choosing childcare.

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What issues should I consider when thinking about eldercare?

  • This guide offers you a range of suggestions to make caregiving easier and more successful, whether you are a caregiver or the person who ensures that your loved one receives the best possible care from others.
  • Care decisions should be based on a solid and objective-as-possible assessment of each elder's actual care needs, rather than on emotionally driven desires to be helpful or guilt feelings.
  • The following steps and suggestions can help to make the process of locating and evaluating eldercare options more manageable.
  • Several kinds of services are available for caregivers of individuals with dementia.

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