One of our coworkers recently came in and announced „It’s crazy out there!”.
What was going on? A storm? Riots? Burning cars? Not quite, but close enough: the frantic search for a kita spot in Berlin. The city is short thousands of daycare spots and even the work groups and task-forces the Senate recently formed will not be able to make them magically appear. In the coming days and weeks many parents will learn that they did not get a kita spot – followed by these painful questions:
- I have to return to my job – how will I explain this to my boss?
- How will this affect the future of my career?
- What will my clients and business partners say, when I have to put off their projects?
- What will this do to our financial situation if I no longer receive „Elterngeld“, but can’t go back to work?