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My Love-Hate Relationship with Daycare

Peace of mind Vs. Chore?

Earlier this year we put my middle son in daycare. The original discussion in our household was getting him into a learning center where he could be around other children who aren’t his siblings.

The other positive of it all was increased sanity for me, productivity for the work I have to get done through out the day, and, of course, catching up on the never-ending amount of housework which always seems to grow.

And yet, I have been going back and forth as to whether or not I think daycare was a good idea.

Some days, I love the fact that I can drop him off and go about my morning until I have to go and pick him up after lunch. Other days, I don’t even want to make his lunch or bother bringing him to have only four hours.

Granted, he goes the same hours and days that my older son goes to preschool, and I can typically be extremely productive but some days… I just don’t know. These are the things I love, and hate, about it.

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  • Love – Him Being There 1 of 9
    Love - Him Being There
    I love the fact that he is safely taken care of for a few hours. It is helpful to get work housework, and errands done that I can't drag him or all the kids around to.
  • Hate – We Can’t Use Cloth Diapers 2 of 9
    Hate - We Can't Use Cloth Diapers
    We cloth diaper, and for daycare I have to go out and purchase disposable diapers. This completely defeats the whole purpose of switching over to cloth diapers, which was to save money on disposable ones!
  • Love – Making Friends 3 of 9
    Love - Making Friends
    Ben is actually making friends, if 2-year-olds can truly do that. He talks about his friends at school when he's home, and remembers all of their names. So far we've gotten no bad reports about his behavior either!
  • Hate – No Nuts! 4 of 9
    Hate - No Nuts!
    I know nut-free policies are becoming more and more common across the board, but when my kids are home they LOVE their peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and are downright pissed when they can't have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich at school. Try explaining a nut allergy to a 2-year-old and let me know how that conversation goes!
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Love – His Teacher 5 of 9
    Love - His Teacher
    Both of the teachers my boys have in this center are amazing! I actually ran into one of them at Walmart one day and we walked around the store together chatting. She's a truly good person, and she LOVES Ben!
  • Hate – School Districting 6 of 9
    Hate - School Districting
    Most of the children in his class will go to a different elementary school in our town, and he will be split up from his friends. The districting in our neighborhood is funky because we are right on the line between two schools. So essentially, he will build friendships that won't be able to last beyond the center.
  • Love – Craft Projects 7 of 9
    Love - Craft Projects
    There is nothing more special than saving your toddlers' craft projects. I remember going through a huge box my parents had saved when I was a teenager. It was really special!
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Hate – The Nap 8 of 9
    Hate - The Nap
    He always falls asleep at school right before I pick him up, which means he takes a short cat nap and thinks he has a free pass from taking a real nap. By 4 p.m. he is an overtired terror who typically passes out right on the couch while I make dinner or we wait for Daddy to get home. Then he is up late. It's a bad cycle.
  • Hate – The Drop Off 9 of 9
    Hate - The Drop Off
    Every day when I drop him off he has a meltdown. There are always tears, which I am told stop right after I leave the room. I mean, way to make me feel even worse than I do about leaving you for a couple hours!
    Photo Credit: Flickr

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