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Who takes care of the children?

By chinadaily.com.cn

Who takes care of the children? Is it parents, grandparents or a daycare center? This is a question that concerns parents all across the world.

Each country has its own traditions or systems. Here are a few examples.

China: grandparents taking care of children is a tradition

It isn't considered unusual for grandparents in China to look after the houses of their children and even help raise their grandchildren, Younger couples often claim to shy away from hiring nannies due to the expensive costs. Plus many parents find the idea of grandparents taking on the role of caregivers a very comforting idea.

Who takes care of the children?

It is a common scene in China, where elderly people play a major role in raising their grandchildren. (Photo / IC)

US: full-time mothers are not rare

In the US, many mothers willingly take on the burden of raising their children at home either because they cannot find a good job or because nursery fees are too high, the latter is more conspicuous. Besides, unlike some Asian countries, the US has no tradition of grandparents taking care of the children. The Pew Research Center revealed that in 2012, 29% of all mothers with children under the ageof 18 stayed at home, a figure that has steadily risen since 1999 when 23% of mothers were stay-at-home moms.

Who takes care of the children?

US actress Hilary Duff carries her son, May 16, 2013. (Photo / IC)

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