5 WTF Reasons People Hate Daycare
When I had my first son, I was a typical newbie parent. I also was and am in a unique situation because my husband and I both work at home. So, initially, I didnâ€™t know if I would use the wonderful utopia that is daycare. At that time, I didnâ€™t know much about daycare, except that it was pretty much a necessity for full-time working parents.
While that is true, there are many other reasons to use daycare. First and foremost, a parent is allowed to use daycare because they damn well please. There is something that gets my panties in a bunch about a parent, who is doing their best to raise their kid and provide for them, being told the â€œbestâ€ way to care for their child.
What I am saying is this: Staying at home with your children is a wonderfully viable option, if it works for you. However, many families cannot afford to have one parent stay at home. Or, in many cases, a mom may choose to work for personal fulfillment or to stay on the career track. Staying at home or working is perfectly fine; if both parents choose to or need to work, daycare then is a necessity.
In other situations, like mine, the lines are blurred. I suppose many people can say that I did not â€œneedâ€ to work full-time from home, but I want to, and I provide for my family, and that is my choice. The same could be said of my husband, who also works full-time from home. So, we decided to use a half-day daycare program as the best option for our family.
Right now, I really like our setup because both of our young children (a two-and-a-half year old and a one-year-old) get out of the house until noon and have social stimulation and interaction. After that, I pick them up, and they come home for a long afternoon nap, while my husband and I continue to work. When they wake up at about two or three, I spend time deeply gazing into their eyes and lavishing my love on them for the rest of the afternoon.
KIDDING. Mostly, I try to minimize tantrums, throw snacks at them while they watch Sesame Street like zombies, and attempt to block out intermittent high-pitched screaming all afternoon long. As hellish as it sounds, I still enjoy spending this time with my kids every afternoon when Iâ€™m done with work. But if I was working full-time, I wouldnâ€™t hesitate to use full-time daycare.