If you weren’t already keenly aware of the staggering price of daycare, new information is out to confirm it: for parents that rent a home, they are paying just barely more for rent than they are for daycare. On average, just $115 more.
A lot of moms know the pang of guilt that is taking their new baby to a daycare so they can go back to work. Everyone knows 6-8 weeks does not even scratch the surface of how much time a new mom needs with her baby. But if we add in the fact that most of our money is going to the daycare bill, it feels even worse.
And we want good care. We have to know our children are going into a happy, healthy, enriching environment every day while they are away from us. Parents certainly are not just searching for the cheapest option.
The cost of rent is rising (2.3% last year) and the so is the cost of daycare (up 1.3% last year) with a cost of living raise average is just 2.8%.
The median income where I live is $56,000 and the median cost of day care is $28,000. That means people are spending half of all their money on daycare.
Add in how much we have to pay for healthcare and it’s enough to keep you up at night.
It’s tough for parents to make enough to pay for those three major bills and all the other things that it takes to keep a family going.
Big shout out to all the families keeping their heads above water. ♥
Liz is a just a mom trying to keep it real about how little she sleeps, how often she gets puked on and how much she loves them. You can find her here every day writing about real-mom moments.