|Response to Morgan Frost re: childcare issues||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rita Bullinger (ritabullingergmail.com)|
|Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2019 08:49:00 -0800 (PST)|
Hi Morgan! Here at Germantown Commons in Nashville, we had a childcare policy of sorts but it has fallen by the wayside now that we only have one four-year-old child living in our community. When we had two children we allocated money after conferring with the moms and dad about a healthy wage from our HOA budget. Our membership took a lot of time and care in specifically asking for our young parents’ input in the drafting and execution of our policy. However, I think our mistake was in putting the responsibility on the moms and dad to find the child-minder and pay her/him and then get reimbursed by the HOA. What I recall happening is that it was just easier for the parents to not attend meetings than go through the trouble of procuring childcare. Also, the parents of our newborn basically stopped attending anything during the first year of their baby’s birth. And then they moved to another state. Our loss. I think parents have too many responsibilities over all. If I get to have any say in how we handle childcare in the future, I think I’d ask for a child-minder “partner” among the membership who will be the on-the-spot arranger of childcare for the parent/s for all of their needs regarding participating in community events. That way the finding a childcare person would be on the back of the partner who would act upon the requests of the parent/s. The partner would arrange for, meet and greet, pay and thank the child-minder — essentially do everything regarding the care of the child-minder, leaving the parent/s free from all worry and labor. Also, having a childcare policy in place can act as an assurance to new and current members who are parents or want to have children that the community cares about this vital and important job. Our members love and welcome children and have made our common house childproof and designed a kids’ playroom right beside the kitchen and dining room. A few of us have grandchildren and older children who while they don’t reside in our community are always welcomed and celebrated. Thank you for your question, Morgan. I hope this has been helpful. Looking forward to seeing you and your lovely family again real soon. Rita Bullinger Germantown Commons Nashville, Tennessee
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