What do you do with your kids during the day?

posted 3 years ago in Parenting
  • poll: What do you do with your kids during the day?
    They are with me - I am a SAHM : (9 votes)
    31 %
    They are with me - I work from home, or have a job where I can take them with me : (3 votes)
    10 %
    They are with my parents or in-laws : (1 votes)
    3 %
    They are with another family member : (3 votes)
    10 %
    They are in daycare : (12 votes)
    41 %
    Other? : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    1287 posts
    Bumble bee

    When my kids were younger, they went to daycare a few days a week and then one of their grandparents watched 1 or 2 days a week.

    Then I was a SAHM for 2 years.

    Got divorced and they went to daycare again because I had to go to work again.

    Now, FI works from home on the days I have the kids, so I don’t have to worry about paying for daycare anymore. FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Post # 4
    Member
    939 posts
    Busy bee

    I stayed home with my daughter the first year, and then brought her with me to work for two years after that ( I was a nanny) now she is in daycare/preschool and loves it!

    we are planning on one more and I will stay home for the first year and finish up my degree online and then I’ll go back to work!

    Post # 5
    Member
    6964 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2015

    @Sea_Ashley:  My sister and her boyfriend/baby daddy each have two retail jobs. My nephew is with me, his grandma or his grandpa when they are both at work. Because they sometimes both have opening shifts, this means he spends the night with one of us about 2 times a week. It’s worked so far, but I worry that he’s being passed around too much. He doesn’t have much of a set schedule and I’ve noticed lately (he’s turning one this week) that he’s taken to getting really sad & crying whenever ANYONE leaves the room. Maybe I’m being paranoid, but I think since he gets dropped off and then doesn’t see his parents for sometimes 2 full days or gets picked up from my house and sometimes I don’t see him for a week or more, he thinks anytime someone leaves it could be the last time he sees them for a long long time. 🙁

    TL:DR- I recommend having a schedule and as few caregivers as possible. 

    Post # 6
    Member
    2675 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

    We’re don’t have kids nor are we TTC yet but it is something we’ve talked about. FI’s job is flexible and allows him to work from home once he is established there. So if and when the time comes he plans to be the one to stay at home.

    My job while flexible in someways would not allow me to work from home. Our families both live about 90 miles away, so no local family members to help out on a day to day basis either.

    Post # 7
    Member
    229 posts
    Helper bee

    I don’t have any kids of my own, but I remember that my mom sent me to daycare until I started school, and then took me to work with her after that, on the days I didn’t have school.

    I personally don’t think it’s the best idea to bring a child that needs to be constantly supervised to work. It seems like it would be a hassle for you and a possible disturbance to everyone else. Once a kid is old enough to know that going to work with you shouldn’t be “fun,” (you know how some kids can get overexcited in new environments), and they’re at the age where they can sit around and entertain themselves pretty well, then it’s less likely to be a source of stress.

    Post # 8
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    4587 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I’m a SAHM. DD is with me all day every day, unless I want to run a few baby-free errands, then she spends time with one of her grandmothers. 🙂

    Post # 9
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    2111 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    @Sea_Ashley:  I watch my 9mo old niece during the day while her parents work. We actually found a place in town today that’s a play place for kids as young as 6mo to as old as 7 yrs. They have a lot of toys for the little ones and play houses and rocking horses, foot powered cars. She had a lot of fun with everything and making friends.

    You pay for the day, so you can go home for naptime and come back. They also sell snacks there for the young and old, breastfeeding room, free WiFi. The restrooms have an adult toilet, one with the little kid seat, and a changing table with diapers and wipes in case you run out. You can’t leave your kid there, it’s not a daycare, but it’s a great place for them to interact with other kids and play. They also do birthday parties.

     Next time we go, I’m taking some Lysol wipes with me, though. She’s at the stage where everything goes in her mouth and she’s learned how to blow raspberries so spit gets everywhere. I felt bad that I didn’t have anything to sanitize with for the other kids.

    Post # 10
    Member
    6741 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Both my girls have attended state licensed home-based day care.

    Post # 11
    Member
    663 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @HonoraryNerd:  that place sounds great! What is it called?

    Post # 12
    Member
    1472 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I work from home/job share with my mom. She watches my son 6-10 hours a week and I work from home the rest of the time. My husband also works 4 10s, so I work on Mondays when he is home. 

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