I recently wrote a column for a publication in which I reiterated my position on day-care, and one of my comments was:
"Tearing children away from their homes and families [for day care] is somewhere between sinister and cruel."
A reader of the column wrote a letter-to-the-editor taking exception to my comment and countering with:
"...there are many benefits to day care, including health screenings, nutritious meals, socialization and active play away from the TV."
Could not agree with her more! Where mothers and fathers can't or won't provide their children with food, medical care, friends in the park, and attention and play, being shunted over to an institutionalized setting may definitely be a godsend!I'm still waiting, however, for the proof that children do better or equal in day-care than with a loving, attentive, involved mommy or daddy.