I totally had the mommy guilt sending my infant and toddler to the daycare when I thought "I should" be a housewife/stay at home mom. I felt so bad that i was taking care of other children instead of mine...
Statements that got to me when my children went to daycare:
They have a runny nose again. poor children, sick with a cold again.
The children are at the daycare from 7a-5:30a -- that's sad. Parents only see their children for 1 or 2 hours each night.
These folks did not mean any "harm" when they made those comments. But it obviously stayed with me for years.
Instead of getting more and more upset or feeding that mommy guilt, I (tried and) saw the positive sides.
1. daycare attendance decreases the risk of childhood cancers (BOO YAH!)here's another study stating the same trend seen.
Having an older sib also helps.... so there you go, another reason that sibs are the best gifts for your children (but this is another post of its own)
2. quantity vs. quality time
Since a commenter astutely pointed out that i only see my children for1-2 hours in the evening, those times were very precious. Quantity was lacking, but it was a treat every single time I get to hug and kiss them.
3. Daycare helped us potty trained our kids.
Peer pressure starts early. My older two saw the other children going to the potty. Monkey see, Monkey Do. My younger two have never attended daycare (thank you part-time work) and we are currently being challenged with potty training our 2 1/2 yo.
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