Is it bad to leave a 5 year old who is in kindergarten in after school programs until 5pm, or is it too many hours for them to be away from home.

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I am looking to start working, and my 5 year old daughter is currently attending kindergarten from 8:30 am to 3:pm. I am thinking on getting a job until no later than 5pm, so I will need to leave her in after school program until 5pm, but I feel guilty leaving her in school for so many hours. My husband's business is not doing great at the moment, and I feel that I am wasting time doing nothing at home, when I could be working, and bringing some money. I usually finish all my chores by 11 am every day, and then the rest of the time, I have nothing to do, and so I am most of the time bored at home. Any suggestions, I will appreciate it.


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If you HAVE to work that long in order to financially survive... I'm sure she'll adjust. If you don't HAVE to.... I wouldn't. Go for something part time... Maybe just mornings or something that will have you able to be done by the time she gets out of school.

Many K kids are in after school programs til 5 and do just fine, but for me, personally, I wouldn't do it unless I had absolutely no other choice.


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Bonnie - posted on 01/19/2012




It is a lot, but they adjust, if that is the way you need it to be. I know of 3 and 4 year olds that go through is. Some kids are even in daycares from 7am until 6pm.

Amy - posted on 01/18/2012




I agree with Teresa maybe find something part time in the morning and then head home in the afternoon to do your chores. I don't know what you're looking for but you can probably get a job in retail with moms hours, as long as you're reliable you should get decent hours. But if you need to do something full time your daughter will adjust.

Jane - posted on 01/18/2012




What Teresa said.

If you do have to leave her in an after school program see if you can avoid the Latchkey programs. Those are just loosely controlled chaos.

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