Do you work with your own child in an Early Childhood Centre?

Tessa - posted on 01/29/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Kia Ora Kotou, my name isTessa Purdue. I taught in Kindergarten for several years before taking leave to have my first child. Once she was three months old, she and I went to work together in a small babies room, which was part of a much larger day care. Transitioning from 3-4yolds to babies was interesting in itself - let alone the challenge of treating your child as an equal with the other children when your heart strings pull.... anyone else in a similar situation?

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Joanne - posted on 02/06/2009

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Last year I had my daughter in my kindergarten class! I was extremely worried about it, but did not have a choice because I teach at a year round school and we only had one kindergarten on each track. Had I put her in another class, she would have had different vacations then me. We both survived the year, it turned out way better than I thought. I was so worried about favoring her or not paying enough attention to her that I think I always called on her third! I don't know why, it just seemed to work out that way! There was only one or two times that it became a mommy-daughter struggle (like when she threw her shoe at me!) instead of a teacher-student relationship. The best part was I got to share her entire kinder year with her!

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Hi, my name is Robin.  I'm the Lead Toddler Teacher at a Local College Children's Center, my students are ages 18-35months.  My son moved into my room last Oct. and a few months ago I had to make the decision to pull from the class.  I couln't handle the change in behaviors and the challenges he would have fighting for my attention.  It broke my heart but the stress level in the room has greatly decreased.

Tessa - posted on 02/04/2009

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That would have been awful! Definelty makes mewonder if you havethe choice it might be better for child if you werent there so they felt as though they got equal treatment

Jennifer - posted on 02/04/2009

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I have been working in child care for 6 years, and am currently teaching 18-24 months. My son just started coming to our school this month...and is in my room! He was enrolled months ago when I was teaching 12-18 month olds, but due to a maternity leave of a coworker, they moved me up to the next room. There is nowhere to move either of us, and it is strange! I am happy to know there are others in this situation!

Robin - posted on 02/04/2009

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Yeah; I can totally relate. I am currently teaching SK and my daughter is in my class (small school, no choice in the matter!) It's great that I get to spend so much time with her, but at the same time it is so hard to turn off the protective mommy switch and turn on the teacher switch. She cried today on the way home from school. She said "mommy I miss you at school, because I have to share you with all my friends and It's not fair that at school you can't be just mommy." Talk about tear my heart out.

Tessa - posted on 02/04/2009

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Yes its a balncing act! I thought it would be best for her if I could be with her but I guess it is a fine line between being nice that I can, and tougher on both of us because of it. Ha Ha - I'll keep that in mind! Thanks for your reply :)

Stephanie - posted on 02/04/2009

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I use to do that when I worked at a daycare. It is very tough. Once kids know that is your child, they love to tattle on them. I now volunteer at the middle school, and kids will come up to me and say do you know what your son/daughter did today? I will tell them I am sure that they will tell me when they get a chance and how would they like for my child to call their mom and tell them what they did today. That will usually shut them up. Your kids will feel like they are under a microscope at times. Another hard thing for my child to get use to was sharing their mom.



Now that my kids are older, they love it when they can go to my pre-k class and see my lil kids.

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