Single Mom Seeking: Dear Spc. Alexis Hutchinson:
When I heard that you'd been arrested on November 6 for skipping your deployment flight to Afghanistan in order to take care of your infant son, I had to find out more. Your story is the kind that pulls on any parent's heart.
How do you find dependable, nurturing -- and affordable -- child care for your baby after life throws you a curve ball like this one?
It's not like you didn't have a plan.
Before your deployment, you'd lined up your mom to take care of your 10-month-old son (According to news reports, his father is not in the picture).
But I watched your mom talk on the Savannah news, and clearly Grandma is overwhelmed. After taking her grandson for two weeks in October -- on top of caring for her own mother and another special needs child -- it was just too much. She sent your son back to you.
I'm writing to thank you for bringing this very challenging dilemma to the attention of the mainstream media.
After all, doesn't this highlight a big worry for SO many parents?
When there's a family crisis, how do you find child care that's reliable, loving -- and affordable?
Many parents have faced this need, whether it's because of a job layoff, a death in the family, divorce, you name it. Some parents are fortunate to have close family to take care of their kids. But what if you don't?
Your dilemma highlights a worry that many of us have: If you weren't able to take care of your kids, who would take care of them?
|Rachel Sarah, a.k.a. "Single Mom Seeking" blogs at SingleMomSeeking.com and co-founded SingleMommyHood.com, the first-ever website to offer "a whole new way to think about life."|