Quoting Safka9973:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Emily Dickinson:</b>" It isn't a job though. Being a mother ... [snip!] ... would drop, people would grow to be more productive citizens, an in the long run, our economy would benefit quite a bit more."
Studies have been done for over a century on the social benefits that children get through their interaction with other children at places like daycare. Piaget, Vygotzky, Erickson - all of them studied how children find themselves, how they learn about society, how they learn from one another and ALL of them suggest that early learning, early socializing, early boundaries in a social setting do more to benefit them than being alone with an adult. Children learn best from other children.
Crime rates, for example. If a child is never placed in a situation where they have specific social rules - similar to laws - how are they expected to learn how to act in those situations?
Even homeschooling mothers - like my friend Dee - know that they can't do it all themselves - they have to join co-ops and go on field trips and attend "daycare" like settings in order to flourish.