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

posted 7 years ago in Parenting
Post # 62
264 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

My mom has worked full time since she was 19 years old. Cumulatively, she has had less than 6 months off since then, and she is nearly 60 now. She works very hard to provide for herself and my brother and I as we grew up.

She was home for six weeks with both of us (2 and a half years apart), then we were watched by a very dear family friend. I went to daycare from age ~2mo until I was about 12, and then I was just somewhere after school until she got home.

Do I resent her for working hard and providing for her family? Absolutely not. Did I still get to spend time with her and build a lasting/loving relationship? Absolutely. I also have a great amout of respect for her having made that decision.

Post # 63
63 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@sn2bmrsmntgmry:  I had a live-in nanny. She watched my sisters and me until we were each old enough to start preschool. I am incredibly close to my mom even though she worked a lot during my younger years.

ETA: she watched us full-time until we started preschool. While we attended school during the day she had free time that she used to run personal errands or take classes. She would then pick us up and take us to afternoon activities. 


Post # 64
7347 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

My mom was a Stay-At-Home Mom, so we didn’t go to daycare. However, we had no shortage of babysitters when my parents went out. I did go to pre-school for two years – 3 & 4 (2 days/week the first year, and 3 days/week the second year), then at 5 I went to kindergarten. I honestly thought that was normal, becuase in my area and our “circle” everyone sends their kid to pre-school, and as an adult found it very odd/shocking that a lot of people don’t send their kids to pre-school. 

Post # 65
9541 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I was always a daycare/babysiter baby! I, obviously don’t remember when I was an infant, but I can remember being a toddler/young child and loving it!

Post # 66
10347 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

I did not go to daycare. My mom worked part time to be able to be there before I left for school and when I got home. I also have really involved grandparents that were always around. 

I was jealous of the kids that went to daycare! It seemed like they got extra time after school to basically have another recess and play with our friends. I felt like the kids that went to daycare were closer and I kind of wish I got to have the after-school time to play with them!

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