|Manhattan (Photo credit: griangrafanna)|
ITYC Radio is still catching up after a mini-mom break, but this piece Lori Tharp flagged over on her blog My American Melting Pot, caught my eye.
Apparently, there was a photo essay in this past Sunday's New York Times Magazine about the "Other Mothers of Manhattan" which offered images of Manhattan nannies along with a three-page essay about the complexities of child care.
No one can dispute the importance of raising a child. Most parents, holding a new baby, face the most monumental work of their life. Perhaps the reason we often deny caregivers the social position and the respect they deserve is that we are uncomfortable with our absence from the particular chair they occupy, many hours of the day, many days of the year.To be honest I just skimmed the story, but something that immediately jumped out at me was the bizarre notion some people have that the people taking care of their children should not be paid a fair wage and should have their skills as caregivers professionlized and respected.
I also noticed that most of the caregivers seemed to be women of color. I can't help but wonder if these two things are somehow related.
I'm going to dig into the story a bit more, but I'd love to hear your impressions of the piece. What did you think of the story?