August 23rd, 2011
I make no apologies for the fact that I’m a full-time working momma. I took three months off work following the birth of each kiddo, and then they headed to daycare and I headed back to the office. I love my job, to be sure, and we need the income…but even if I lived in some magical land where we had more money than we knew what to do with, I would still send my kids to daycare, at least part time.
Why? Well, let me share with you the daily report we got from Miss Mouse’s school last week.
“I had a very fun and busy Thursday visiting Preschool! This morning outside, I chased “shooting stars.” Then, we had a visitor form the Children’s Museum tell us stories. We also did a few different small group activities – I painted a constellation, made a telescope, and investigated pine cones with magnifying glasses.”
I’m a good mom. I know I am. And I do fun things with my kids, whether it’s trips to the farm or creek-walking. But I can say with 100% certainty that Miss Mouse’s day would not have looked like the above description had she been home with me!
A good daycare (notice the qualifier) is not a necessary evil. It’s a great gift to your child. Buggie is learning new things, playing with new toys, and starting the lifelong process of social relationships. Miss Mouse comes home every day full of new ideas and concepts, joyfully sharing stories of games and activities, and adventures. And she’s making lots of friends (she’s good at that).
Are there days when I wish I had more hours a week to spend with my kids? Absolutely.* But I know that they are in excellent hands when they aren’t in my hands.
*Are there days when I could benefit from a few less hours spent with my kids? Absolutely.