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Day Care Deception: What the Child Care Establishment Isn't Telling Us [Paperback]

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Pages   214
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.82" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.87"
Weight:   0.79 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 25, 2004
Publisher   Encounter Books
ISBN  1594030596  
EAN  9781594030598  

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The central issue of daycare is often framed in a way that pits working moms against stay-at-home moms, and feminists against traditional families. But the real conflict, Brian C. Robertson shows in this carefully researched book, is between all parents and the burgeoning day care establishment itself-a multimillion dollar lobby with a vested interest in the expansion of subsidized day care services. Robertson shows how this establishment works to expand its power and silence its critics. Despite the fact that most reliable studies show that commercial day care has a negative effect on the emotional, psychological and even physical development of children, for instance, researchers calling attention to the correlation between aggression among children and too much non-maternal care have seen their work vilified. Studies making the case for parental care-because of the importance particularly of a mother's attention in early childhood development-have been twisted to bolster the case for day care on the grounds that day care equals "school" and parental care deprives the child of that head start. Every year, Robertson shows, the day care lobby pours more and more money into elections, which is why politicians are moving to provide ore public subsidies for commercial day care while parents are increasingly calling for policy options that would help them stay home to raise their children. Day Care Deception is a sober and thoughtful book that taps into a profound and contentious debate whose outcome will have enormous consequences for our children and our social future.

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A must read for anyone currently or planning to raise a child!  Apr 3, 2007
As a former accountant, I prefer hard numbers to mere opinions. This was exactly the book I needed to read when I was debating whether to continue working or start staying at home with my children. I suggest it to my friends, family, even strangers because the information is so well presented. Some of us may not be able to replace the years we had our children in day-care, but we can move forward with the valuable information provided in this book. Sure, it requires some sacrifices when you depend on one income to raise a family, but isn't the outcome of your children more important than the size of your apartment/home, etc.
Read this before you have children  Jun 6, 2006
I will start off by saying that I am biased because I used to work for suburban daycare centers in college and I decided then that I was never going to leave my own children in daycare. Kids wander around aimslesly just waiting for parents, the food was unnutritious, coworkers chat and pay no attention to the kids, and the turnover is outrageous as these people make little over minimum wage.

When I started this book I thought it was a little sensational talking about how the killers in the Columbine shooting were raised in two income familes. It is not likely your child, even if in 80 hours of daycare a week, will turn out that bad. However, you had kids and someone has to take care of them. Who do you think is best qualified for that job? Hopefully it is you. The bond between mothers and infants is not myth. However, I think some people feel this bond more than others. I think a lot of women try to deny it as they head out the door to work.

Now, I am aware that some women do not have a choice in working because of their families' financial situation. This book describes policy (usually disguised as something "family friendly") that makes it easier financially for women to work than stay at home. The book also points out that daycare is a billion dollar a year profit industry that pushes propaganda so that it can get profits-as it is a business. Parents at home are a negative economic force, they do not have the political pull that the massive daycare industry has in creating policy.

The author points out that the business you work for has weighed you leaving against inticing you to stay with "family friendly" benefits. They have done their math and figure it is cheaper for them to give you these benefits, than to have you leave. So, they get to keep you as an employee and your child gets to be in daycare. Businesses are concerned with what is most profitable for them, not with what is in the best interest of your children.

Day Care Deception: What working mothers don't want to hear!  Apr 5, 2005
I have nothing but praise for this book.
As a mother of four children, and an educated woman, I have been called a "traitor to feminism" for choosing to stay home with my four children.
Mr. Roberston's book illustrates, and provides data to support, just how important the mother-child bond is during the first four years of life. Day care is not, and never will be, an appropriate substitute for being a mother. Mr. Robertson goes into great detail to explain, with evidentiary support, why the media exhalts the "superiority" of day care without cause and/or data to back it's claims. Mr. Robertson also provides examples of more sinister tactics taken by the media and/or policy makers to wilfully misrepresent data to fit their agenda.
If you have your children in day care, or are thinking of placing your child in day care, the statistics and references in this book are hard to ignore. If you're a stay-at-home mother, this book will reaffirm your decision to stay at home.
Conformed feminist and stay-at-home mom  Jan 26, 2005
As a graduate of Barnard College, I would consider myself a feminist. However, after reading this book, I must say that I am disgusted by the influence of the modern feminist agenda in the media, acadamia and politics, and the subsequent damage which this "feminist" influence causes to children.

New mothers who are trying to make a crucial decision about whether or not to stay home or to return to work are unwittingly given incomplete information. Isn't the women's movement about educating women and giving them the freedom to choose their own path? If so, shouldn't feminists be truth-seekers, educating themselves and other mothers about both the pros and cons of daycare? In Robertson's book, I found example after example of the opposite happening in our society.

Studies showing detrimental effects of daycare have been vilified, or simply refused publication. Childhood experts have taken their anti-daycare (or pro-mother-at-home for the child's early years) comments out of their books because of backlash from feminists. I could continue to give mortifying examples, but please read the book because Robertson does a very thorough job of spelling out for the reader just how bad daycare is for children and why we never hear anyone say so.

I recommend this book to any parent struggling over their employment-childcare decision. I would also recommend this to mothers raising their children full-time because it will support your choice to put your children first. Most of all, I recommend this book to policy makers who falsely believe that government funding of center-based childcare will solve problems. Please read this book.
Excellent!  Dec 22, 2004
It's about time that parents start realizing that the "mommy wars" and the "daycare wars" are not about THEM, but the KIDS. Daycare is hurtful to children, and that's more important than any mother's "guilt" over the issue.

I spent some time after college "teaching" in a "preschool" which was nothing more than a hyped up babysitting service. One of our teacher's was even investigated for stomping on toddlers. It was NOT enriching for the children, and not worth anything except a last resort for parents who had no choice. But parents like that would never have been able to afford the tuition!

As to the woman who wants to know how she can afford to give up her income when her husband only makes $30k/year, my husband makes just that and I do not work. Our fifth child is due in about a month. We live in a modest home in the city (Houston), with two cars and cable internet. We are not on any kind of welfare, and our kids are well fed. It can be done. The question is -- are you willing?

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