Paul and Ava are parents to 3-month-old Kim. After giving birth, Ava decided to spend several months at home caring for Kim, but she plans to return to her full-time job as soon as her 12-week maternity leave ends. Some of Ava’s friends have expressed concerns about her returning to work so soon, and Paul’s parents are worried that Kim may experience learning and behavioral problems if she begins attending child care at such a young age. Ave enjoys being a stay-at-home mom but she and Paul need the income that Ava’s job will provide.
Using what you have read in the text as a guide, what advice would you give Paul and Ava? Are the concerns of friends and family valid? Why or why not? What type of support can Paul provide after Ava returns to work? What qualities should Paul and Ava look for when choosing a child-care center?