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Who watches (or watched) your young children during the workday?

Posted Aug 21, 2013 12:04 PM CDT
By Sarah Mui

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Poll: Who watches (or watched) your young children during the workday?

This poll ended on Mon, July 28, 2014 - 12:15:45.

Results

  • I do not have children.
    509 votes (31.91%)
  • A day care center.
    431 votes (27.02%)
  • My spouse.
    250 votes (15.67%)
  • A nanny.
    170 votes (10.66%)
  • Other family members.
    123 votes (7.71%)
  • I do, and I cut work hours to do it.
    112 votes (7.02%)
Total Votes: 1595

This week we noted a lawyer in Washington, D.C., who–after switching one child from a day care to a preschool on an urgent basis–spends all but 50 cents of each paycheck on child care.

So we were wondering: Who watches your young children during the workday? Do you do it yourself? After all, even former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor left the law for five years to care for her children (although at the time she worried the move would wreck her career).

Or, if your children are older now, who used to care for them? And looking now at the state of your career (and/or that of your spouse, if that applies); the state of your finances; and the well-being of your children, do you think you made the right choice? If not, what would you do differently?

Answer in the comments.

Read the answers to last week's question: Have you taken a personality test for a job or any other reason? If so, was it a useful tool?

Featured answer:

Posted by Joanne: "I worked for an employer that had standardized pre-employment testing that they decided to change to a personality test. I decided to be one of the guinea pigs and took the test. They told me they never would have hired me based on the results because I have a strong personality. I also took a test in high school to tell me what careers I would be well-suited for. First was a mortician, second was a lawyer, third was a florist. If I were smart, I’d be a mortician who did estate planning and provided the flowers."

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