Some parents cringe at the idea of
daycare and having someone else "raise" their children.
Sometimes it is the only option and that is nothing to feel guilty
If you find a quality daycare that
provides learning experiences, constant attention and interaction for
your children, you've found a wonderful resource.
What are the
benefits to daycare?
1. When your child is home with you, you
have other things to attend to ~ housework, making dinner, errands and
anything else that may come up. When your child is at a quality daycare,
the children are the center of attention at all times.
2. Toddlers need interaction with other
children their own age. This helps develop social and language skills
which might not be developed as quickly at home.
3. It establishes a routine for your
toddler. We're not talking about the army here, just a regular place for
your child to go with a regular schedule.
4. It helps your toddler develop a sense
of independence. He is playing, interacting and learning on his own.
5. It gives you a break ~ which makes you
a more effective parent. When you're exhausted...and we know toddlers
can be exhausting...you deserve and need a little time to yourself.
Of course, daycare is not the only way to
discover the benefits listed above (for example, you can arrange
independent playgroups). My point is not to say, send your child to
daycare. It's just that you shouldn't feel guilty needing a little hand
being an effective parent and providing your child with the stimulation
he needs for his development.
courtesy of Malcom's
Mom, a web site of parenting tips
|posted 08.12.03 on