(Closed) Did YOU go to daycare when you were an infant/toddler?

posted 7 years ago in Parenting
Post # 47
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Bumble bee

@sn2bmrsmntgmry:  Hey there, I’m a big fan of daycare. When I was a toddler (1980s), the concept of work provided childcade for women was a pretty new concept as least in my area. My mom says it was a lifesaver for her, she’s a hospital doctor so while she wasn’t ever really able to come have lunch or play with me or even pick me up on time (ha!) she said it still meant a lot to have me close just in case. I turned out great if I do say so myself, my immune system is the bomb and I play well with others 🙂

So I guess my advice is try to find a daycare close to your work if you’re feeling antsy. I do feel bad for women who work in the city but commute from the suburbs…if I had children, I’d hate to have to go far to get to them.

Post # 48
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Nope, my mom stayed at home with us. 

Post # 49
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@sn2bmrsmntgmry:  I was in daycare from 6 weeks until kindergarten and did after school care and all that jazz. I am now a totally normal, functioning adult (at least I hope so!). I have also worked in daycares for about 6 years and I am now a teacher. Don’t worry! As long as you trust the people watching your child, everything will be fine. Usually, they are so excited to see your munchkin and take care of them all day and will love them to pieces! 

Post # 50
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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@QuirkySocialite:  +1 

my mom was a nurse and I was right across the street from the hospital. 

Post # 51
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - 13th ~ TN

@sn2bmrsmntgmry:  My brother and I as well as my cousins all went to the same daycare until we were all old enough to stay home on our own. We are all productive citizens.

Post # 52
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Sugar Beekeeper

No, both DH and I had stay at home parents (grandparents).

 

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@KimmySumShuga:  +1

I actually read a study about a month ago (been trying to find again) that suggested it is more beneficial to children to be home when they are older versus infants/younger. This way you are there when they are struggling with school, self esteem issues, dating etc and they will actually remember you being there. I found that a very interesting perspective considering most of us mommies want to be home when our kids are young and some go back to work when the kids start school.

Post # 53
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@sn2bmrsmntgmry: My siblings and I went to daycare since we were infants. My mom was really lucky that her workplace had a daycare facility on site, so she could come visits us during her lunch break. I loved daycare, I loved playing games, having friends, and it was great! My parents’ careers afford us a great life, private school, extracurricular activities, trips. My brother and I are both engineers. My other brother did not attend college because he has a learning disability (another reason why both my parents had to work to pay for all the expensive treatment/therapy).

I do not resent my mom at all, we have an amazing relationship and I call her and my dad every day (they live in a different state) and we visit each other as often as possible.

Post # 54
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Worker bee

@sn2bmrsmntgmry:  you’re daughter will be fine!  i was at a daycare from 6 weeks untl kindergarten, and then in elementary school i went to before and after school care!  I dont remember anything from daycare to be honest, but my mom said i loved it, and before and after school was fun bc i was with my frinds

Post # 55
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Helper bee

I didn’t go to daycare, but I work at one. I see no problems with it. The toddlers I work with love it.

Post # 56
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I didn’t go to daycare because my mom was a Stay-At-Home Mom for the first part of my life.

Post # 57
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Neither of my parents was able to stay home with me, and I don’t remember exactly how much maternity leave my mother took, but I do know that I went to daycare from an early age.  Until kindergarten I was in in-home daycare; I remember both of the women who took care of me and I remember enjoying the time I spent at their houses.  Once I started kindergarten I went to a larger daycare business where I could be dropped off by my bus after school; I went there until I was old enough to stay home alone (which was sometime in elementary school, I think – I was a pretty independent, trustworthy kid and my parents felt comfortable with me being alone for a few hours around 4th grade).  I’m pretty sure I spent the majority of my summer days there, too, other than the rare occasions when I could go to work (or stay home) with one of my parents.

I think daycare is a great option for parents who have to go back to work, and it’s something I’ll absolutely be considering for my future children.  I got to spend time with a bunch of different kids, which was important for me as an only child.  I learned to follow rules and take direction from adults who weren’t my parents.  I got to burn off the energy I still had after a day of sitting at a desk.  And I was excited at the end of each day when my parents picked me up and I had a full day of experiences to tell them about.

Post # 58
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

N I didn’t. My mom worked in a daycare before I was born and hated it. She was a stay at home mom until I was 13, and even nw she only works part time.

When my brother was born I wasn’t even 2 yet, and my mom felt that she couldn’t give me the attention I needed, so on weekdays my dad took me to my grandma and grandpa’s house and I spent the day with them. I actually remember quite a bit of it, and I really really loved it!

Post # 59
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I was in day care from ages 1-5, then went after school until 4th grade. I absolutely loved it! I met one of my best friends in day care when I was two, and we’re still best friends at age 30. My daycare had a pool and I learned to swim when I was 3. When I was a little older, I helped out the teachers with the younger kids. I believe my experience at day care taught me a lot of great and positive things that I carried throughout my life.  I’m from a pretty small town with like 1 daycare center so when I started kindergarten I already had friends at school too.

Post # 60
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Busy Beekeeper

I went to daycare as did everyone in my family. It’s just a financial reality. No had any scars from it LOL. My mom was the best mom ever. She didn’t need to have me strapped to her bosom and be a stay at home mom to have me love her. My earliest memories are from pre-school, kindergarden and it was fine. Loved playing with kids and my teachers. Of course you had to deal with typical negative kid stuff once in blue, but that’s life. 

 

Post # 61
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My husband and I are both lawyers and I went to a mix of at home and daycare business daycare, and he had an Stay-At-Home Mom. I LOVED the daycare business, and hated being in the at-home daycare same with my brother and sister. He hates that his mom was a Stay-At-Home Mom (and so do his brother and sister) – he thinks it was destructive to their relationship especially when they were a bit older because she didn’t have enough stuff to do and worried/fought/etc. with them excessively. Our LO just started at daycare last week. It’s tough going back to work and it’s really tough leaving her in daycare but I know in the long run that it will be the best decision for our family so I have been trying to focus on that and have that conversation with my husband every day when I fretting about it.  My daycare is right beside my work and has a webcam so I watch her all day long and she totally doesn’t even miss me (sniff sniff). She just plays with her toys and smiles at the daycare ladies. 

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