So I recently shared my child care center search experience and five tips for selecting the right Day Care with MommyNoire. As moms, we are often tasked with making the decision about child care. For me, it has been a bit of a “Love/Hate Relationship.” On the one hand you understand all of the growth that can come from placing your child in the right care, but you also hear of the horror stories. I’ve shared my experience searching for a toddler school for my son with MommyNoire and have pulled together five of my own tips to help out other moms who are faced with this decision.
Have you ever had a love/hate relationship? I’m talking about the type of relationship that has you feeling one way on any given day and then the total opposite on another day? The type of relationship that can keep you up at night due to your frustration with it, but also one that has the ability to put a smile on your face? I confess, that is my relationship with day cares!
With an almost two-year-old at home, I’ve been grappling with this relationship for quite some time as my husband and I were recently on the hunt for child care options for my son. Part of me is thrilled about the opportunity for him to get a head start on his educational development, outside of all of my efforts at home. (You are reading the words of a mother who reads to her child every night!) The other half of me is totally afraid of all of the potential “opportunities” that can arise by sending him off to be in someone else’s care.
I am sure that we’ve all heard some of the same stories: “He will get sick a whole lot more once he starts going to day care,” “You know he is going to be influenced by so many personalities while at school. He will develop so many bad habits from other kids that you’ll then have to work to break them.”
There are countless horror stories around day cares that would have any parent running as far away as possible. But there are also stories of growth, fun and friendships tied to these very same doors.
After tons of internal conversations and more than six different visits to my top choice centers for childcare, my husband and I have finally landed on a school for our son. (Yes, an actual toddler school!) Upon walking into a classroom at the toddler school, I immediately had a smile on my face. Here were these little kids crowding around their teacher, reciting the letters of their names. There were all of these cool easel boards and tons of books around the classroom, clearly a sign of an opportunity for both creative freedom and intellectual development for my son. I was an excited mommy! The teacher seemed like a total natural with the kids and my son was actually waving at some of the children in the classroom. To me, these were all amazing signs, and of course my love relationship was heightening.
Let us know what you think and which tips you’ve found the most helpful!
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