Family Tales: Childcare
Our new series, Family Tales, is an honest peek into the daily lives of families across the country who are on this crazy ride we call parenthood!

In our childcare diaries, we serve up a detailed and personal account of your daily life as it relates to your child’s care—from perspectives of a stay-at-home-mom with a six-month old to the family whose kids are in school and after-school care from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. These intimate portraits include everything from the habitual to the surprising to the financial aspect of your family’s childcare situation.

All stories are anonymous and Erin, our Editorial Director is the only person who will review your submission and see your email address. By submitting your information below, you agree to have it published on Red Tricycle and you allow Erin to adapt or edit your submission for grammar and readability. Erin will reach out if she has any questions and if she plans to publish it on our site. She can be reached at Editor@redtri.com.

Thanks for participating!
Erin Lem
Red Tricycle’s Editorial Director
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Part One: Your Family's Info.:
Your age: *
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Your occupation: *
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City you live in: *
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Do you commute? If so, how far and how do you get there (bus, car, train, etc.). *
Your answer
Your partner’s age (if you are co-parenting with a partner): *
Your answer
Your partner’s occupation (if you are co-parenting with a partner): *
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Does your partner commute (if you are co-parenting with a partner)? If so, how far and how does he/she get there (bus, car, train, etc.). *
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How old are your kid(s)? *
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Annual household income: *
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How much you spend on childcare per year: *
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Is it under the table or over the table? *
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How did you find your childcare? *
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Part Two: A Day in the Life of You
Please keep a first-person diary of what a typical day looks like in your household as it relates to childcare. Please break down your day into chunks like morning, mid-day, afternoon, evening, bedtime and nighttime—or whatever periods of time make the most sense to understand what your day looks like. We want to hear details (even if you think it’s mundane) on anything related to childcare. For an example see this story here. http://redtri.com/childcare-costs-how-my-partner-and-i-divide-responsibilities-in-the-bay-area/ *
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Part Three: Childcare Finances
Do you feel like you’re living comfortably and your finances are in a good place? Please explain. *
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Besides childcare, what are your other big monthly expenses? *
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If you’re paying for childcare, do you feel like you’re getting what you pay for? Please explain. *
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Part Four: Let's Get to Know You Better
Please answer at least 5 of the following questions.
What are you most happy about in your current child care situation?
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What makes you most anxious about your child care situation?
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Is there anything you and your partner (if you are co-parenting with one) disagree on when it comes to your child’s current care?
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What is your favorite part of your day with your child and why is it your favorite?
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What advice would you give to another mom or dad who is in the same situation as you?
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If you had to do it all over again, would you do anything different and if so, what would it be and why?
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Do you see your family in your current child care situation for the long-term? If not, please explain.
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How do you think your child care situation compares to other families in your city?
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