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Are You Guilty of Joining the Brat Race?

If you think parents perusing childcares and preschools for their unnamed, unborn babies is a joke, think again. A recent piece in The Wall Street Journal focused on the ridiculous measures parents resort to in competitive parts of the country and dubbed it the brat race. It said:

As competition for good child care intensifies, parents in many regions are finding themselves on long wait lists, particularly for infant and toddler care; some are trying to nail down slots even before their babies are conceived. The trend poses a challenge for parents, who may not know how far to plan ahead and how to navigate the wait lists.

Did you put your child on a premature wait list for childcare or preschool?


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bbcobby bbcobby 9 years
I would put my eggs on the waiting list for the pre-school and private k-12 school that I want my children to attend if I could.
Novaraen Novaraen 9 years
I had a super hard time finding a daycare with two openings for my twin boys. I did have to put them on a wait list...but eventually i found a different place to enroll them. Its not easy having two kids to put in daycare...and its costly too. Some of them will give you a discount...but it isnt much more than like 20 bucks. *sigh*...atleast i was fortunate enough to stay home with them until they were 2..i cant imagine having to leave your newborn with someone for the day. :(
JudyRie JudyRie 9 years
Nope. Planning on homeschooling, so not an issue.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
If the only way to get your children good care is to get them on the list as early as possible, why wouldn't you? As far as I can tell, all this signals is that there aren't enough decent child care and education options. :?
amers230 amers230 9 years
my cousin was talking about something like this happening in baltimore. there are so few childcare centers available that they put themselves on a waiting list while his wife was still pregnant i think. and it wasn't even for some ritzy private school, i'm pretty sure their son just goes to a fairly common daycare. cah-razy.
peepshow peepshow 9 years
It seems a vicious cycle if you're signing up before you have a child- then the wait list is even longer b/c there are names on the list that technically aren't backed up by a real person! What do you do if they call your Unborn's name and there is no human to enroll?
Ericka Ericka 9 years
I'm actually currently looking for a preschool. Especially after my friend told me she put her son on a wait list a month before he was born and he's now a year and she's still waiting.
b5 b5 9 years
it is not ridiculous to get on a waitlist while pregnant. It is practical. If the wait list at every daycare within miles of your work or home is six months to a year (as it is in many urban areas), of course you have to get on the list before the baby is born. The other option is to hire a nanny, which is far more expensive and not what every family wants or can afford. And it's certainly has nothing to do with the personality of your child.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
no. but i don't see how a parent wanting their child in a certain school would make the child a brat.
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