The average cost of daycare per month in New York State might shock you.

Being a parent is one of the most challenging things I have ever had to do. Some say it is the most difficult thing you can take on. I don't know if I agree with that but I will say it is exhausting. The difficulties don't outweigh all of the joys kids can bring into your life but there are obstacles and stresses.

Many parents struggle with losing time to themselves. One of the biggest stresses kids can bring is financially.

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You can spend a small fortune on diapers, clothes, groceries and medical bills to care for an infant and toddler. Eventually, they get a little older and can be sent to a daycare facility.

The little bit of time and freedom that parents get from sending their kids to daycare facilities comes with a pretty high price tag. If you already have children then you already know that. If you plan on having kids soon you should know these figures and plan ahead.

The average cost that New York families spend on daycare will blow your mind.

I spend nearly $500 to send my kid to daycare for only 8 days a month. The average family in New York spends more than double that in one month. According to a blog on Tootris, the average family spends a whopping $1,200 a month. That's nearly $15,000 a year. This means that New Yorkers could spend a quarter if not half of their income on child care.

It may be expensive but these facilities can have a lot of benefits to your child's development.

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