@fennec and eryx: Yes, valid points. However, if you really feel that “someone” should step in and help then have you? You can go to your local school district and volunteer to tutor those with reading problems or math problems, whatever your expertise. Or, you could start a fund for the local school board and spend time raising money for it to provide extra help for those in need. There are programs like this already in action in my area. What about yours? And eryx, I know exactly how hard it is to make ends meet. I raised four of my own and a couple of the grands and often worked two jobs – sometimes three – doing it. Time is the only thing your truly own. How do you choose to use yours? It takes maybe 30 minutes to read a book to a child. An hour if you are interactive. I was often up at 3 am to start my day and home by 730 or 8. Don;t talk to me about long hours. But the luxury is in sharing one of them with my children every day. You have to set priorities. Is yours to take a long bath and relax or hug your child and talk to them. Stop making excuses and do the right thing for a change.