Children are left with relatives more often than at day...

Family forum

February 25, 1992|By Mary Maushard

Children are left with relatives more often than at day care

More working mothers leave their children with grandparents, fathers and other relatives than in day care centers or in the care of non-family members, according to recent findings by the U.S. Department of Labor.

About 41 percent of working mothers left their children 5 and under with relatives, according to data from National Longitudinal Surveys of Labor Market Experience. About 28 percent of the mothers surveyed used non-relatives to care for their children and 23 percent left them in organized day care centers, nursery or preschools. A small percentage of working mothers cared for their children themselves while at work. What kind of care a mother used was influenced by her education, marital status, earnings and number of hours worked, the data showed.

Growing up green

Kids and ecology just seem to go together -- almost a natural match. But will youngsters' interest survive and thrive as they get older and become the world's decision-makers? Noted child psychiatrist and author Robert Coles will tell you what he thinks about this subject tonight in his lecture, "The Child and The Environment" at the University of Maryland at Baltimore County. Dr. Coles, a Harvard University researcher and professor for almost 30 years, has written dozens of books, many focusing on the moral, political and spiritual development of children. He will discuss how children view and develop values about nature in tonight's free lecture, which is part of UMBC's series on environmental issues. It begins at 7:30 in the University Center

Ballroom on the Catonsville campus.

Lecture series

The spring segment of the Joannes Series of lectures for people who are divorced, widowed and separated begins Sunday with Anne Kaiser Stearns of Towson speaking on "Searching for Compassion and Healing." Subsequent lectures will address co-dependency, shaping your own future and how to become a winner. Sunday's lecture is at 2 p.m. at Mercy High School. A $4 donation is requested. Registration is strongly recommended and child care is available for those who request it by tomorrow. For more information, phone Sister M. Joannes at 433-8880, Ext. 23.

Worth noting

* Male-female communication workshop. Participants will identify different conversational styles and practice positive communication between men and women. It will meet two Saturdays, March 7 and 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Family Life Center, Wilde Lake Village Green in Columbia. Fee is $20 per person. Phone 997-3557 to enroll.

* Healing Hearts. This support group for women who have lost babies through miscarriage or stillbirth will meet Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Baltimore County General Hospital. Phone 521-5968 for information.

* "In the Beginning: A Jewish Lamaze Experience." An eight-week childbirth preparation workshop focuses on birthing choices, breast-feeding and feelings about parenthood in a Jewish framework for couples expecting babies in April, May and June. It begins March 3 at the Owings Mills Jewish Community Center, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. For more information, phone 578-6947.

Family Forum welcomes items of interest to families. Send them to: Mary Maushard, Family Forum, The Evening Sun, Box 1377, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278.

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