My husband recently sent me some information about pending legislation that would allow diapers and related supplies to be bought with grant money provided to states. The federal program, called the Child Care and Development Fund, received $5 billion in fiscal 2011, which it distributed to all 50 states, the District of Columbia and scores of tribal governments. The program helps provide for an estimated 1.8 million children each month.
I know people fall on hard times and need a little help. And, when it comes to kids I believe we all have to pitch in to make sure every precious life is given a fair chance at success. However, this proposed program really irks me. Disposable diapers are very expensive. Estimates suggest that diapering a kid from infancy to potty-training costs the average family upwards of $3,000 per kid. However, with cloth diapers that figure can drop to well under $500, not taking into consideration that the same batch of cloth diapers and be re-used for future kids. Why should tax dollars go towards disposable diapers when cloth is a much more economical and environmentally-friendly option?
Rather than offering disposable diapers to families in need, I propose that the government provide cloth diapering supplies and training. Instead of giving struggling families a simple hand-out, let’s educate them on simple and realistic ways to cut expenses; cloth diapering seems like a great place to start.
How does that story go…give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, he eats for life...
If you agree with me, send a message to the legislation’s sponsor, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) http://blumenthal.senate.gov/contact
If you’d like to learn more about cloth diapering, check out my Cloth Diapering Manifesto here: http://homemademothering.com/2009/09/the-cloth-diapering-manifesto.html
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