Tuesday

Reading on the Run: Articles of Interest to Working Moms (Childcare Tragedies)

Successful working women keep track of important matters in the news. However, we are not one-dimensional. Some of us also want to keep up with celebrity gossip and fashion news too. Even in the era of the Internet and 24 hour news shows and E!, it can be challenging to keep up with everything.

Fortunately for you, I make it my job to keep up on articles of interest to working moms and when I find notable ones, I share them with you. Below  is an article about an unspeakable tragedy, a child killed at the hands of a caregiver. As a working mom, these tragedies touch my heart in a way that others do not. You can gain a false sense of security from hearing about other tragedies.  You can conclude that you and yours will be safe so long as you don't live in a bad neighborhood, walk alone after dark or marry the wrong man.


The truth is all working moms live in fear that something will happen to their children when the are not around.  It may just be that I am still experiencing post-pregnancy hormones. However, when I hear of tragedies like the Malaysian Air plane that went down, I think that I shouldn't vacation without my kids.  However, vacations are optional.  Working is not.

I work because my income is essential for my family's lifestyle.  So, when I hear about a a child that has been killed at the hand of his nanny, I grieve for the parents. (Please pray for them.) I also think about how I have used the same service to find my caregivers and that I have to rely on others to care for my children because I have to work. Like the family who lost their baby, I don't have the luxury of relying on family to care for my child.  So, every week, every day, every moment that I work is an exercise in great faith. 

I am incredibly grateful that I have someone now who is trustworthy, patient and loves my kids. I'd like to give tips on how to find someone like this, but that would feel like a criticism of the parents who are the victims of this tragedy.  Also, we have had some missteps on this childcare journey.  It is by the grace of God that we have a positive story to tell.  

Articles of Interest to Working Moms
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