- 7 years ago
- Wedding: June 2013
Wow, these prices are insane! Anyone know what the costs tend to be in Canada (Ontario)? I feel so lucky that we probably won’t have to do this… first grandbaby on both sides and the grandmas already can’t wait to be our full time babysitters! This was why, before I got pregnant, we bought a house 2 minutes away from my in-laws (And 10 minutes away from my mom). I will be in school finishing up my PhD, after I get back from the 8 month leave I will take. So I’ll have about 2 or 3 more years of school, but it will just be data analysis and writing so I will be able to do a lot of it from home, and have the grandmas to babysit while I work at home or at school. I am really starting to realize I picked the right time in my life to have a baby!! I don’t know what our situation will be when we want to have our second baby though. I bet we won’t be able to do without daycare the second time around.
I echo what a lot of people have said though, unless I’m going to be making significantly more than the cost of daycare, I don’t understand how I could feel that it is worthwhile to work. I would MUCH rather just not make any money than leave my child all day to make barely more than enough money to pay someone else to raise my child while I work! That just seems silly. Although, I guess it is more complicated than that – maybe the women who are doing this have jobs where they really need their benefits, or see opportunities for upward mobility in their company if they continue to stick it out during the daycare years.