How old should my daughter ideally be before I resume full time work? She's 2 yrs old now. Is it okay to leave 2 yr olds in a day care centre for 10 hrs a day/5 days a week? Appreciate any advice. Thanks

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Gwen - posted on 08/14/2012

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As a single mom, I had no choice in the matter. I took my maximum 12 weeks off work. My daughter has never been in a large daycare center. I personally felt more comfortable taking her to a babysitter. She is 4 and has been with her current sitter for 2 1/2 years. The sitter never takes more than 4 kids, so my daughter gets lots of play, interaction, hugs and affection. She loves it there. :)

Dove - posted on 08/14/2012

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If you can afford it... no career is worth losing that time with your child. Again.. imo. Then again, raising children is my 'career' of choice. ;)

Lotus - posted on 08/14/2012

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Thanks Dove, I personally share your view on this and absolutely agree that a child must be physically/emotionally ready to be away from parents for such long spells..but somehow I get a lot of feedback from career-moms (of toddlers) that i may have already compromised my career by taking a two-year break post baby. Most of them were back at work within 3 months! & some after 45 days!! of childbirth.

Dove - posted on 08/14/2012

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In MY opinion.... I wouldn't put a child in daycare unless I absolutely HAD to with no other choice. You couldn't pay me enough to put any of my any aged children in daycare 50 hours a week though.

'Ideally' a child would never be in daycare and not be away from mom/dad very often until they start preschool (either at 3 or 4 years old) for 2-8 (depending on the place) hours/day, 1-5 days/week.

Life isn't always ideal though and you do what you have to do to survive it.

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