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As with breastfeeding, I'm reluctant to say that one is preferrable to the other. It depends from situation to situation. From child to child and from parent(s) to parent(s). Sometimes it creates major guilt when a mother has to put a child into daycare (or has to quit breastfeeding or simply doesn't want to). Who's to say that one is better than the other really? Both have positives and negatives.
I was reluctant to do so. Ophelia was a little over one year old. Elisabeth was younger, I think she was about six months? Financially it wasn't a problem. We run a shop so I could have kept her/them at "home" (or rather in the back of the shop). But running a shop and having a child is/was exceptionally difficult, especially when I was breastfeeding as well and having Elisabeth not sleeping at all at night. Also, Ophelia actually enjoyed being in the company of other children. Same for Elisabeth.

Nathalie (stevienixed), Thursday, 5 August 2010 12:50 (nine years ago) link

cole goes to daycare right next door to us. the women opened one in her home last year. he likes it, he's there two days a week. I would much rather put him in a larger daycare to be around more toddlers, but since im unemployed we cant afford it.

chrisv2010, Thursday, 5 August 2010 16:38 (nine years ago) link

how many kids are there and what ages? my son is in a co-op thing with like 7 kids max, usually less, but I think it's pretty great so far actually

progressive cuts (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 5 August 2010 22:38 (nine years ago) link

Five kids at most 23 mths (Coles age) to 7.

chrisv2010, Thursday, 5 August 2010 23:06 (nine years ago) link

well louis like being around kids who are a year or two older than him but yeah, more of a gap than that and it's harder to relate.

progressive cuts (Tracer Hand), Friday, 6 August 2010 12:39 (nine years ago) link

one year passes...

starting evie back up in day care again next week, just three days a week. didn't have much time to arrange day care, and everywhere near us has long waiting lists (some of which we've been on for a long time). then we found a place within walking distance with availability, which is also cheaper than most of the day cares in our (yuppie-ish) neighborhood, kind of suspicious of it just because it seems too good to be true and they only have a couple of reviews on yelp. but sarah checked it out, said it seems fine, we're going to stay on waiting lists for the fancier places, and we don't have a ton of options at this point so i hope it's ok.

congratulations (n/a), Friday, 25 May 2012 17:55 (seven years ago) link

We're considering doing a nanny share for the two days a week we need in the fall, but it is a bit pricier...

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Friday, 25 May 2012 19:56 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

today was "princess or superheros" day at evie's daycare, with a strong implication that the girls were supposed to dress up as princesses while the boys were supposed to dress up as superheros. i feel lame that we didn't find out about this in time to subvert the system and go out and buy her a superhero costume and instead just sent her to daycare in a leotard and tutu. :(

congratulations (n/a), Thursday, 19 July 2012 20:39 (seven years ago) link

It's not really a daycare rant, unfortunately, but I hate the gender split that starts from birth. It's everywhere. Clothes, toys (why is there any need for blue or pink guitars or drum kits?!) games, even kids parties - one party we went to the entertainer had the kids introduce themselves - boys were Pirate *insert name here* girls were Princess *insert name here* Most of the parties Aidan's been invited to have been just boys parties - the boys just have boys, the girls just invite girls. It's so saddening.

vickyp, Friday, 20 July 2012 07:41 (seven years ago) link

I got riled by a radio ad for (?) Huggies the other day: boys' are blue with cars and trucks and were "cool", girls' are pink with princesses and "pretty". They're crap-catchers, people!

Madchen, Friday, 20 July 2012 08:10 (seven years ago) link

three months pass...

finally got a call from one of the fancier day cares about an opening, we're excited because it's literally right behind our house and has better healthy food options and seems more education-focused than where she's going now. but we somehow fall into the highest bracket on their sliding household income scale and it would cost almost twice as much per week, which we can't really swing (would be like $600 more per month). makes me feel shitty. like we're stuck with a mediocre day care because we make too much money to catch a break on the good day care. and we don't even make that much money!

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 12 November 2012 21:37 (seven years ago) link

guess we're going to not going to bother with trying to figure out how to pay for the switch and just try to adjust our attitudes about the current day care while also looking ahead to possibly finding a better preschool for when she turns 3.

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 13 November 2012 18:23 (seven years ago) link

You have my sympathy. Daycare is the worst.

One bad call from barely losing to (Alex in SF), Wednesday, 14 November 2012 13:27 (seven years ago) link


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