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How do you feel about daycare?

It's a hard decision for parents to make: To stay home, or to work. How do you feel about these choices, and which have you chosen? And are you happy with the choice you made?

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msshellokitty msshellokitty 9 years
I'm torn.I have to work full-time.My husband can't support us on just his income so I have to work.Right now I have two in school and my mom watches my baby.I know I don't want to send to her daycare but soon I will have to.As long as she is in a safe environment I think I will be okay with it.
Chellard Chellard 9 years
I have worked full-time since I was 18 years (so 11+ years or so). I've never had a problem keeing my babies in daycare. With my first, daycare was tough, it took 3 different places before I found a place that I liked - its 6 miles east of my job and 8 miles east of my home, which means I love it if I'm going that far out of my way to take them there! The key is to find a place you feel comfortable with, no place will be abosultely perfect, but you have to be able to go to work happy. My boys LOVE their daycare and enjoy the time they spend there. :)
Half-Hippy Half-Hippy 9 years
Having to put my (15 month old) daughter in day care has been the hardest, worst decision I have EVER had to make. I always had this vendetta against stay at home moms, i never thought that they did anything throughout the day, that them staying home was an excuse to be lazy. Well, now that I have my own child...I would do anything to stay with her. I recently had to start working again, (I had a 14 months off with my daughter), and it has been so hard! Nowadays, you can't afford to have 1 parent home has gotten too expensive. So, now I do my research, interview the place and pray to God that the people watching my baby love, respect and play with her as much as I do. Stay at home moms have been blessed...there is no way I would ever show them the subconscious disrespect that I had before I was a mom myself. Now I know how fathers feel when they miss's sure isn't easy!
earthylovingirl earthylovingirl 9 years
Stay at home mom.
FashionFinder FashionFinder 9 years
I stayed at home the first year with my daughter. My husband began staying home and I went back to work when she was 1 (he lost his job). I have to say, I would have never dreamed that things would work out the way they did, however, it has been great! My daugher and my husband have the most precious relationship! One I never had with my dad! My 20 month old boy loves his daddy too! He works part time and we are able to roate our days and times so one of us has the kids at all times I don't fault anyone for taking their children to day care. For us, it was a lifestyle choice to reduce the income for those first 5 years of their lives and have them with us. Once my youngest one starts school - we will see, but for now, I love that we were able to have this time with them!
littletrackbabe littletrackbabe 9 years
daycare is cool
JennyJen2 JennyJen2 9 years
Don't get me wrong - I envy those of you that can stay at home. Staying home is a dream of mine, but if anyone would be a stay at home - it would be daddy.
JennyJen2 JennyJen2 9 years
I work fulltime and so does my husband, but the way our schedules work out - the baby only needs care (from someone other then us) about 5 hours a day and that is only Mon-Thurs. Both of our moms live with in 10-15 minutes of us and each take the baby two days a week. It is really great to have that option available, but if something happened and they could not help out - daycare is not completely out for us. As long as you nurture your kids and are selective about the caregiver (whether it be a relative or not) - the babies will grow up just fine.
CatarinaBella521 CatarinaBella521 9 years
My husband and I both work full time and all 3 kids are in some sort of day care, although 1 is in more of an after school program...I can't say it's my preference, I would love to be a stay at home mom (lord knows I probably wouldn't have so much laundry to do right now lol). I am happy that luckily the daycare is a great one and the kids seem to really enjoy it, plus they all have made friends and ended up in the same kindergarten class as some of the other kids. (My littlest one will be starting Pre-K in the fall -- SO not ready for that). The important thing is to check out the daycare, make sure they are licensed, and stop by for a visit to see the other kids too. Well, those are my 2 cents! Hope it helped!
backfat backfat 9 years
It's cheaper for me to stay home than to return to work. Decision made.
siouxsie siouxsie 9 years
the cost of daycare is so job usually ends up paying the sitter so i think it's prudent that one parent be home with the kid. i know people who have worked opposite shifts to do that, but whatever works....
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
If I can afford to stay at home the I would love to do that. But I will probably be leaving the baby with my mom. That is if and when we have kids.
bluejeanie bluejeanie 9 years
you know, the social scene was my favorite part about daycare. i ended up being really close to some of the girls i used to play with when i was younger and i still email my daycare friends from time to time.
wynter wynter 9 years
I've been an at home mom for the last 6 years, and I wouldn't trade it for anything. I think daycare is a great thing too though. I want our children to get used to a school setting and playtime with other children, so even though I'm at home, the youngest does go to pre-school 3 days a week for 3 hours. My oldest started kindergarten this year, so he's no longer home during the day since his school is 7 am to 3 pm. :cry:
MotoLinz MotoLinz 9 years
The work I do is seasonal, and it's just starting to pick back up (I haven't worked since Thanksgiving). My son is three months old, and since I work from my boss's house, I am able to take him with me. My boyfriend would prefer that I stay at home, and there are definitely advantages to that, but I like having my own paycheck and getting out of the house. However, although I do some work from home and can take the little one with me when I have to be elsewhere, I would like for him to go to daycare at least a couple times a week when he's a bit older. I think it's important as far as social skills and getting used to "how the world works." But, when it comes down to it, loving your kids and being a good parent is the best you can do for 'em, whether you're at home or working 40 hours a week.
lorioz lorioz 9 years
I completely agree, blue, there are some great advantages to go to daycare as well... sharing, social skills, routines etc.
bluejeanie bluejeanie 9 years
you know what, as long as you research the daycare and make sure it's an environment you think your kid would be happy in i don't think there's anything wrong with it. i went to daycare until i was 12 with my siblings and i turned out fine. if a mom's gotta work, she's gotta work. as long as she has plenty of love to give them when she gets home i think all is well. :)
lorioz lorioz 9 years
When I have kids, I would like to continue working, (I don't have long hours, and I never bring work home with me). I think that I will put my child into daycare, after about 18 months. Before that, my mother in law has said that she would take care of the child, (which may bring a new set of problems) or I will have someone come to the house to take care of her. But these are just my thoughts for now. It may all change later on.
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