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Old 05-04-2011, 02:48 PM   #11
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Re: How do/did you let go of your LO? Childcare....

For drop-in care it usually is harder to find someone. I like the homey feel to in-home care and ideally if there is a knowledgeable mother, I like care providers that really seem to get to know my children and having more control over who the other kids are. In a huge daycare center between turn-over, different people working, and all the good or naughty things my kids could learn, and it is probably mixed but I would guess kids in center daycare get exposed to way more colds.

Once I had 3 little ones we went with having a babysitter come to our home since it was impossible to find a care center that had the openings for part-time care, which is by far my preference since then my kids didn't get sick or have other kids to learn bad things from. We've had two babysitters and both were pretty good about schedules changing and watching kids at times with little notice. Plus I never did but I figured it I got too worried I always could have put in a nanny cam.

It is super tough sending your LO to daycare, all I can say is that it does get easier, for me that was one way having someone in my home was easier, watching my oldest crying as he watched me drive off was never fun. With care in my home, the kids are in our home, so they never seem to fuss much when I would leave. In the beginning it will break your heart, but over time when you know LO is having fun, and making crafts or playing with the other kids when you get there, it makes it more bearable.


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Old 05-05-2011, 08:16 AM   #12
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Re: How do/did you let go of your LO? Childcare....

Originally Posted by luvsviola View Post
I am not one of those moms that thinks "I'm the only one that can do this" so for me it is easy. My kid will be fine for a few hours as long as someone changes her diaper and feeds her. If there is a problem, they will call me. Kids also do dumb stuff sometimes (DD is a klutz) and yes, she might get hurt. That is a part of life. I just move on with my day. When you look at the number of daycare providers vs the number of abuse cases, it is an amazingly small percentage. My kid is more likely to be hurt in a car accident than abused at a daycare. I visited several places, and chose a place where the teachers were warm and caring, and there were lots of hugs and smiles. Parents are always welcome to walk in to my DD's MDO school after checking in at the office, and every time I have ever just dropped in, she is having a blast and smiling.

Seriously, kids love being around other kids. My daughter runs in the door of her MDO program totally excited to see her teachers and talks about her friends all the time.

I couldn't say it any better. My kiddos love the in home daycare they attend. They ask to go on Saturday sometiems because there are kids to play with. By Tuesdays they are missing thier friends. Yes they come home with bumps and bruises all over thier legs. but they are wild and crazy boys who run, jump, and play. I would much prefer that then them staying inside all day watcing TV or in a more class room type. They will get enough of that in school.

I actually do not mind them wanting to go and getting excited to go. To me that means they are having fun, are comfortable there. If they didn't want to go and put up a big fuss then I would be worried that there was something wrong.
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