DS (16 mo) had his first experience of family daycare this week. It was very traumatic for both of us and I'm just not sure it is something that I want for him.
Our financial situation means that we could just about cope if I didn't work, but we wouldn't have any savings or other "nice" things. We would also like to move to a bigger place with a garden (currently in 2 bed apartment) but that would also not be possible.
We don't have any family in the country so he has never been with anyone except me or DH. We do lots of activities, playgroup, swimming, park time etc. I really enjoy the time together and although I feel in need of mental stimulation at times I think this time is so important for my DS.
I keep being told that daycare is good for socialisation and independence and that he will get used to it....
For those with kids that didn't go to childcare... Did they struggle later when starting school, did you feel that they were disadvantaged by not going??
I'm really torn with what to do for the best. I am just looking for anyone else who has had the same experience???