In two days, we’re moving. For the past year or so, we’ve had an incredible, amazing, can’t-say-enough-great-things-about-her nanny taking care of our daughter during the day while my husband and I worked. As a working mom, you know how important it is to be happy with your childcare arrangement and that’s what we were - happy and thrilled to have our nanny.Â And now we’re extremely sad to be saying goodbye.
Our daughter is turning three soon and even if we weren’t moving we were thinking of puttingÂ her in daycare instead. She loves to be around kids and while we’d love to keep our nanny and send our daughter to preschool a few days a week, we can’t afford to do both. So when we move she’ll start at a preschool/daycare program where she will be from 9 to 3:30pm every day. We’re excited for her to have many new friends and to learn to be more independent, but have reservations as well, which include less convenience and the crazy juggle that’s about to come our way once she starts getting sick (which, we’ve been told, happens much too often!)
And while I’ve chosen to not give much weight to the studies that suggest that kids who spend lots of time in daycare have more behavioral issues (these were well within the norm for the particular age group, as finer reading of the research later suggested), I do worry whether we’re making the right choice. Will the day be too long for our daughter? What will we do if both my husband and I have scheduled meetings and there is a snow day at school?
These are the worries all working parents live with and I’d love to hear your thoughts on how you juggle. And if you’ve had a nanny and sent your kids to daycare, please share your perspectives - I am sure I am not the only parent going through this change with my daughter right now.