(Closed) Freaking out about childcare after maternity leave…

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I just wanted to come back and tell you to remember that daycare costs decrease as they get older! Plus, it’s really only a 5 year investment, since after that they are in school, which if you use public schools is no cost to you. Paying for daycare is rough, but it’s one of those things that comes with having a child. We were actually able to save a good portion of my daughter’s first year daycare tuition while I was pregnant, which helps alleviate some of the stress, especially when I decided to cut my hours back at work after my maternity leave was over.

Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

See if you have any online listserves for parents in your area.  You might get good info there.  I’ll be 26w tomorrow and I’m STILL putting off researching daycare, as it freaks me out and ignorance is bliss (I can also take up to a year off, unpaid, so I’m not in a huge rush since I figure if we do infant daycare, then all my money will go to daycare, so financially it’s the same either way).  But I see lots of posts about daycares and nannies on my local listserve.

Post # 18
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I have a 10 year old and a 6 year old. I went back to work at 8 weeks with the first one and at about 4 months with the second.  They were both in full time daycare at a center.  My son, the 10 year old (almost 11), just tested into the advanced track for math at his middle school.  My daughter starts first grade in a couple of weeks.  Both are happy, smart, well-adjusted, friendly.  Kids who go to daycare turn out just fine! The kids’ daycare was wonderful, and even had a camera so you could check on your child during the day.  Honestly, this working business is way harder on mama than it is on the kids!

  • This reply was modified 5 years, 5 months ago by  NavyBee.
Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Google “[your city] parents group” or “[your city] parents listserv.”  I did that for Boston, and one of the links that come up was this.  http://www.bostonmamas.com/local-resources  Here are some NYC groups.  http://www.timeout.com/new-york-kids/new-york-families/best-parenting-groups-in-nyc  (I’m in NYC, and my group isn’t included here, so this is not an exclusive list).  When finding such resources, google is your friend.  I’d trust such a group much more than Craigslist.  Our group has posts almost every day about nanny shares.

Post # 22
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

lazybee123:  I know quite a few people in that area (including some recent college grads) and am happy to ask around for you if they are looking or know of anyone who is looking for a nanny position…

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