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01/23/2012 at 12:00 PM ET

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Erika on

I think it is sad that daycare needs to be open all night long, but unfortunately it is necessary for some people. I used to babysit for a woman’s two kids at 5am. She didn’t work when they were first born, until her husband left her and she had to get a job. She had a degree as a certified nursing assistant that she had gotten before, and was able to find a job working 12 hour shifts in a hospital an hour away.

She worked 6am-6pm, so I would go over there at 5am, get the kids up and ready and put them on the bus. I scheduled all of my classes for when they were in school. Then I would get them off the bus and get dinner for them, until their mom came home. It was stressful but she had no other choice and there was no daycare at that time of the morning so I wanted to help her out.

My mother always worked, but only part time when I was younger (then full time when I was in school) and on the days she worked, I was with my grandmother. She only worked 2-3 times a week for a few hours though and I am grateful she was able to do that. I feel like I benefited so much from being with my mom and grandmother rather than in daycare. It was actually an ideal situation because my mom was able to make some income, and I developed a very close relationship with my grandmother. But some people don’t have the option to work part time, or stay home and you need to do what you can to get by.

I don’t have kids yet, but when I do I hope that I can work out the situation to either be able to stay home, or work part time and have a relative watch the kids while I’m at work. But with the way the economy is, you never know what will happen.

Kim on

I do agree that it’s sad that kids have to be in daycare so many hours..but I guess that is the reality for some families. It’s not always a choice to have relatives watch your children. My mom always said she would help me watch my kids and then after they were born, she developed a disabling disease and is in a wheelchair so she can’t watch them.

You just never know what life will throw at you. Just because somebody is a stay at home mom doesn’t mean their husband won’t cheat or lose their job and you will be forced to go back to work and will need to use daycare.

Tam on

Interesting article about 24 hour daycare. I think it is a great idea for parents who work non-traditional hours. My husband and I do not have children yet but we know that when the time comes we have to put our child in daycare. My husbands family lives out of state and they all work full-time jobs, my mother lives close by and she works a full-time job too. I get so irritated when people make comments about sending children to daycare. Not everyone has the ability to stay at home with their children, work part-time, or work from home.