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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

PRICEY = PRICELESS

$15,000 - yep you read it right - $15,000 ... that's how much we spent on childcare school last year. Ugh...just thinking about it makes my stomach turn in knots.

Seriously...seriously, keep in mind G wasn't born until May and we get a lovely lowly five percent discount for kid number two.

Now I'm sure those mommies out there in New York, Chicago and California are like "shut your pie hole what are you complaining about?" But keep in mind big city, big paycheck mommies I work for a retirement community in IOWA and my hubby works PART-TIME at the University and runs his own business. So don't judge me, as you stand there in your Manolos, wearing your Dolce and Gabbana dress, with a Louie on your arm.

This is pricey!

The saddest part is that while I bitch about paying so much my poor child's teachers don't get paid squat to be puked on, pooped on, spit on, yelled at, and / or generally listening to screaming kids all hours of the day while trying to actually teach them something.

I admire these teachers who for no apparent reason other than to drive themselves insane on a daily basis, have decided to care for my children (better and more patiently than I ever could).

So in exchange for $15,000 a year, G can sit up, coo with the best of 'em and eat his weight in baby food. While E can learn to spell his name, spit on a teacher (sorry Meagan) and tackle his friends on the playground (sorry Alex).

And as parents ... well I get ZERO mommy guilt about NEEDING (for my own sanity and for groceries) to work and peace of mind that our boys are having fun, making friends and learning something new.

PRICELESS!!!!

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4 Comments:

At January 13, 2011 , Blogger Party of 5 said...

Hi, there! I am home and still pay a fortune for the kids to go to the preschool and K they go to for the same reason - no guilt! It's frustrating, isn't it? And as a former teacher I would never have taught younger than 5th grade for all the reasons you mentioned. Those preschool teachers are GOD'S CREATURES, no doubt!

 
At January 13, 2011 , Blogger Party of 5 said...

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At January 13, 2011 , Blogger D said...

Hear, hear! AT teachers are incredible people. Warm, bright, and caring.

(We're in the $15K club, too......don't look now--next year it will be the $22K club! :)

Avery and Saylor's dad

 
At January 14, 2011 , Blogger redheadreverie said...

Oh Dan don't remind me! I can't wait till E is in kindergarten it will be like we won the lottery. :-)

Ashley you are so right...and kudos to you for being a teacher it's hard work. I could never be a teacher grade school, preschool, high school (god help me) I think it would against the law for me to mold young minds.

 

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