Daycare

Vanessa - posted on 06/01/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 3 and will start daycare soon I am so nervous and worried she isn't use to being without me. What do I do?

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Lindsay - posted on 06/01/2009

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My daughter started shortly before she turned 2 and I was a nervous wreck! We went in twice before she started to meet the teachers and they even let her sit in for a bit and see what kind of things they did. She was so excited on her first day, she ran in to play and never looked back. The next few days were a different story! After she realized I wasn't staying she fussed a little but it gets better with time. She's now four and doesn't think twice about going. It's just the norm! She did seem to get sick a lot for a while becasue she had been with a private sitter since she was born but if you can get all of that out in daycare, they won't have it as bad when they start school!



What I learned most in those trying days that she didn't want me to leave was....

Tell them each day "Mommy is going to be at work for a while and I'll come straight here to get you this afternoon" or something to that extent....

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Hug and kiss bye and leave. Don't stand there for 20 minutes trying to soothe them becasue it won't happen. Five minutes after you are out the door they have gotten over it and are playing contently!



Good luck to you and your daughter! She will be just fine!

Crystal - posted on 06/01/2009

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Take her there to visit a few times while you stay and chat with the teachers, but explain to her that you will not always be able to stay with her because you have to go to work! I have found that visiting a few times helped them feel more comfortable, it gave them a chance to get to know the place with the comfort of me being there instead of just throwing them into a strange place. I am sure she will like it once she adjusts to having a new schedule and surroundings!

User - posted on 06/01/2009

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Vanessa, just relax! It will probably be difficult at first with the separation anexiety so you just have to endure it. My daughter has been going to daycare since she was 5 months old and she still from time to time throws a temper tantrum when it is time for me to leave. Also people there are very helpful too so don't worry!

Jennifer - posted on 06/01/2009

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i have had my children in daycare since they were about 1 year old. They adjust amazingly well and enjoy the structure of a daycare as well as the social opportunities. The major draw back is that the children tend to get sick more often the first year or so. The learning they get from the centers is awesome as long as the center promotes learning. In general, as long as you've done your research and feel confident with the caregivers, your child will too. Good luck!

Keshia - posted on 06/01/2009

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your right she going to cry for mommy beacuse thats all she know for three years but at the sametime she needs to be around other kids so that when she started school it will not be as hard but when she started you will know if she like it within the first month of two but she will cry for you

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