What’s your story?

(This article is submitted by the Canadian Labour Congress)

Rethink Child Care is all about starting conversations and sharing our stories.  Why?  Because it shows us we are not alone.  It doesn’t have to be this way.

It also helps us understand that the lack of child care is not just a problem for parents with young kids.  It affects all of us.

What we’ve learned at Kitchen Table Conversations held by different unions in different parts of the country is that everyone has a child care story.   Everyone.  Moms, dads, grandparents, aunts and uncles, co-workers, friends and employers:  everybody has a story about finding, keeping, juggling or paying for child care, or a choice they’ve had to make because it wasn’t available.

Now it’s time to hear yours.

Are you a parent who has had to make a difficult decision because of lack of child care?  A shift worker whose schedule doesn’t work with the options you have in your community?  Have you got kids with special needs and can’t find the kind of care that’s right for them?  How are you coping with the cost of the care you’ve found?  What creative things have you had to do to find or manage child care arrangements? Are you a grandparent who’s facing a different retirement than the one you’ve planned? Are you caring for young children and aging parents at the same time? How does child care (or lack thereof) impact your work life?  Your family life?  Do you work with parents of young kids and how do you see child care challenges impact the workplace?

Tell us why you believe it’s time to Rethink Child Care.

Here’s how you do it:

Use the form and share your story in the comments.

Record your story on video, post it on YouTube and send us the link.

If you’ve got a great story but aren’t sure how to make a video, ask a tech-savvy friend or your union for help!

Like our Facebook page and join the conversation.

Use the #rethinkchildcare hashtag on twitter

We can’t wait to hear your stories.