By LISA SHAFFER
I am a professional provider working at a daycare center just outside of Charleston. I see many children from many backgrounds.
The children often spend more time with the staff at our center than with their own parents.
Many parents struggle to pay for care. The supplemental help they receive from the state allows them to work and to be productive members of society.
Their jobs give them a sense of accomplishment and self worth. The children see their parents working and that teaches them that hard work and sacrifice pays off, and to strive to do better.
We have created a society in which people think they are entitled to something for nothing, a society that puts no value on working to provide for their own needs.
This lifestyle becomes an endless cycle - one that needs to be broken if a country built on hard work is going to survive. We all have a responsibility to teach the the importance of accountability.
Children learn from adults. A child benefits from parents who get up in the morning and go to work to provide for the family.
These are the families we need to help - the families who want to be productive, who strive for a better life, and who teach their children they can achieve their goals with hard work.
To create change, we need to start with our children when they are learning social behaviors. We need to provide them with the tools they need to succeed.
When we consider budget cuts to programs that aid working families, we undermine the building of our society.
I can only hope the governor and legislators consider this when the issue of cutting child-care aid arises again.
Shaffer lives in Elkview.