Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

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* Home, Together: Every parent knows how challenging it can be to find good day care. But Monitor correspondent Isabelle de Pommereau has been particularly struck by the difficulty of finding help in Germany, where she has lived for several years. "I'm still amazed at how taken for granted it is that mothers should stay at home," she says. "In other countries I've lived in, it is a fact of life that mothers can work as well as have children. But in Germany, it's still very hard to combine the two. The notion of the mother as primary educator is still very strong."

Isabelle notes that the percentage of children in day care in former East Germany is much higher. "But West Germans have been very skeptical of leaving children in the care of the state. They tend to associate day care with communism," she says.

So how does Isabelle, a working mom, handle her two children? "I registered my daughter, who is 6, everywhere, but couldn't get a spot. Currently I'm part of a group of mothers who have pooled resources to have a group baby sitter," she says. …

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