Post # 1
I go back to work tomorrow. LO started daycare on Monday and has been going 1/2 days this week to get us both used to it. (I’ve cried a lot this week!) I HATE taking him to daycare! I really want to stay home! And I also just got it in my head to worry if my son will like the daycare employees more than me!
Any tips for coping with leaving LO at daycare are appreciated!
Post # 3
My SIL coped by reminding herself that daycare is a really positive and important socializing experience. It challenges them in important ways that they don’t get while they are sheltered by their parents. My niece was also learning a second language in daycare, so there’s educational aspects that were a bonus over just her staying at home. Overall, it’s just really important that a child find their own independence….it isn’t all about you and how much they are attached to you, it’s about them having their own experiences and path.
Post # 4
@crayfish: Wow, +1 for sure! Well said.
Post # 5
Once you see how much he enjoys it, it won’t be as bad. I work at the daycare where our daughter goes and it was STILL hard for me, so I understand. She’s 1 now and she has SUCH a good time with the kids her age, it makes me feel good that she goes. 🙂
I also had the same thought about her liking her teachers more, but it goes away eventually.
Post # 6
My son is 3 and has been going to daycare since he was 2 months. Truth be told, I still cry sometimes when he changes room and starts with a new teacher…I think it’s normal.
He LOVES all his teachers and the last one especially was very important to him. He always talks about them and wants to see them on weekends but…he’s never picked them over me. You’re mom…that won’t ever change no matter how good the teachers are.
I was blessed enough to see his first step and his first smile at home but I did miss the first word and he laughed for them before he laughed for me. But it evens out…usually, if they’re a good center, they won’t mention it until you bring it up and they’ll celebrate with you.
It does get easier with time, I promise that. And it is a double edge sword…they learn so much and it’s such a stimulating environment. My son has picked up way more there than he ever would have with me. But it’s different than if they stayed home with you.
Hang in there!!
Post # 7
As a nanny who loves children, thank you for trusting us with your most precious gift! I am sure you have taken the time to pick great caregiver. Just know that we love and care for your children too. We love to see them smile and laugh. We hug them when they are sad and wipe their faces when they are dirty. Your child brings joy to our lives and that is why we do what we do. Find comfort in this.
And when you do go back to work you will miss your child but like I tell my little ones – “It’s a good thing that you miss mommy because when you miss someone it means that you love them.”