Child care/ daycare

Kathleen - posted on 04/21/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I have 16mo. old son and I feel like it is a good idea for him to spend some time with outher children and people besides me (I am a stay at home mom) there are 2 nice childrens academys in my area and my husband is against it . can anyone offer some advise ?

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Esther - posted on 04/22/2009

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Just one other note - We had a playdate this weekend with friends of ours and their 2 year old son, who stays home with his grandmother during the day. My son is 15 months old and there was hardly any difference in where he was compared to the 2 year old. Both are able to feed themselves, their language skills are at about the same level, their motor skills are comparable etc. My son is also much more comfortable around other kids. Compared to the other kids in my son's class, he's really not exceptional. He's just like all the rest of them. So I think the fact that he's so close to the 2-year old is definitely the result of his daycare experience.

Esther - posted on 04/22/2009

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My son has been going to daycare 5 days a week since he was 12 weeks old. He loves it there and I definitely feel he's benefitting from it too. Also, as a first-time mom, the daycare has been a huge support to me. It's nice to see other kids his age so I can compare where they are developmentally etc. It's also great to be able to meet other parents and be able to ask questions of people who have seen it all. They have also been a tremendous support in getting him on a regular schedule and transitioning him from two naps to one. Further, I think he benefits from the more structured environment (I don't know that I would sit down my son twice a day to do flashcards with him or sing songs etc. - besides I forgot most of the songs!). In short, I could not be happier with the daycare experience. Unfortunately I can't afford to quit my job, but even if I won the lottery today, I don't think I would ever take my son out of his daycare completely. There are just too many benefits for us.

Jennie - posted on 04/22/2009

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I guess I would ask why is your husband againt it is it just that type of daycare? Kids need interaction with other kids and i think it helps to when they start school. My kids love there daycare and its helped them so much on learning and the right ways to play with other children sand how to share. good luck

Tiffanie - posted on 04/21/2009

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My son is 2 and due to my work, I recently had to put him in daycare, recently as in March. I was beyond scared to put him in daycare even though I knew he needed that kid on kid interaction. All I can say is that I am so super happy that I did!! Brady loves school and can't wait to go every single day, granted it wasn't always like that. But just being in daycare for a little over a month, I can see great improvement. Brady is more vocal and tries to communicate better. He listens better and follows instructions better. He is learning just so much that its scary. Although its hard because I would prefer to be home with him, I know that he is learning a lot more than what I had the time to teach him. If you can afford it, I say do it!! It also gives you a nice break. Hint** When starting him off in daycare make sure you let him pick a toy everyday to bring to daycare with him. It will help him get adjusted a lot sooner...TRUST ME!! Good luck!!

Sarah - posted on 04/21/2009

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my oldest was in daycare from the time he was 3 weeks till school age cause i was working. after that he went to school then to day care after school till i would pick him up.



why is your husband against it? has he taken a tour of the day care? has he checked references/ state licensing? is he just saying no because you are at home anyways? yeah daycare costs money but whats your husband going to say when your son is 5 and starting school and cries all day to be with mom because he hasnt had any interaction with any other kids his age? my toddler just adores the little girl he sometimes plays with. all i have to do is say her name and he starts looking around for her.

Jeanne - posted on 04/21/2009

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I have had my son in a daycare/school since he was 6 months. I find that they teach him things that I can't. How interact with other children, circle time, cleaning up, & how to share adult attention with others. My son is more patient then I am, I get mad when a kid cuts in front of him in line. My son just shares with the other child. And I love when I pick him up at the end of the day and he has a big smile & hug for me.

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