By Sarah Smith, REDBOOK.
It's cold in NYC today--and as you may have heard, there's been some snow in the area. Public schools here are closed, and so is my toddler's daycare. Fortunately for us, my husband is off from work today, so we didn't have to scramble for back-up care or call in sick. This morning, counting our lucky stars at the timing of all this, my husband--the part-time nurse/full-time dad--said to me, "When is the world going to catch up with parents and close businesses when they close schools?" And I said, "Welcome to women's rights."
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For the last couple of months, I've been wondering whether we should send my son to a "2s program" at a preschool next fall on the days my husband works. I've been incredibly frustrated--and, honestly, outraged--that for most preschools, the "extended day" option ends around 3 p.m.
Thousands upon thousands of dollars so that you can have your child stay "late" and pick him