childcare/parenting-what's the differenc

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childcare/parenting-what's the differenc
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Tue, 02-12-2008 - 9:12am

that's difference - with an "e" :)


Inspired by a post the other day, I think from peteynjoeysmom, about contracting out the "drudge work" of childcare and housework.


Do you think there's a big difference between "childcare" and "parenting", and if so, what is it?

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Tue, 02-12-2008 - 9:17am

"My feeling is that childcare and parenting are pretty much one and the same when they're very young, but that as they get older, parenting becomes something much broader...."


I would largely agree with that, but even from birth, parents care for their children differently than other caregivers do, in my experience.

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Tue, 02-12-2008 - 9:19am

I think the biggest difference is that at any age parenting includes SOOOO much more than the day to day.

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Tue, 02-12-2008 - 9:22am
makes perfect sense to me.
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Tue, 02-12-2008 - 9:22am

Child care is defined as "licensed child care, registered child care and the unregulated care of children on a regular and continuous basis for compensation". That pretty much sums it up for me.

Jess


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Tue, 02-12-2008 - 9:25am

>>For me "parenting" is not just done by a Mother and Father, it also involves grandparents, godparents, and other close members of the family.

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Tue, 02-12-2008 - 9:28am

of course it is but I'm also a believer in creating new villages -- I have no family anymore other than my brother who's not close by -- but I've created my own new village of friends who love my child dearly and are

 

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Tue, 02-12-2008 - 9:29am
Even if they are not physically present they can still have a presence in a child's life.
Jess


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Tue, 02-12-2008 - 9:30am
me too, to all of the above, but I still very much regret that A's grandparents on both sides can't be more of a day-to-day part of her life.
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Tue, 02-12-2008 - 9:40am

Here, Here!


of course it is but I'm also a believer in creating new villages --


I firmly believe this.

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Tue, 02-12-2008 - 9:52am
To me the big difference is that childcare is making short term decisions while parenting is making long term decisions.For example deciding when to change a baby's diaper is childcare. Decidng what sort of diaper to use and when to stop using them entirely is parenting.

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