I wonder what the reaction would be if you said to a mum who's sending her kids to day care that it wasn't the best thing to do...
DH and I made the conscious choice for me to a SAHM after kids, it requires budgeting and sacrifice but that's our choice and we're happy with it. I don't judge others who send their kids to daycare, but I feel its not for us.
honestly I haven't had any negative comment about my choice and if there had been I would probably just shrug it off, NO ONE but me and DH can make those choices for our children so try not to let it get to you, consider yourself lucky you have the option to choose and that you're happy with your choice. Honestly it sounds like you're doing a brilliant job.
Last edited by Blessedwith3boys; 24-07-2013 at 17:16.
I'm a sahm and my 2 year old has never been to daycare and never will neither will this bub. My kids do however go to preschool when they are 3.
I'm a kindergarten qualified teacher and even though I highly recommend kindergarten program's I do not believe they are essential. Im still ttc #1 but would love to be a SAHM and not use daycare at all. OP you sound like you do an amazing job!! All of those activities sound excellent and your LO is very lucky.
I think everyone is different and obviously some mums need a little help with their child to prepare them for school, while others don't. Don't let what people say get to you. You are doing an amazing job by the sounds of it. Maybe they are just insecure about their parenting skills.
I don't plan on sending my children to daycare or kinder.. That's my choice. I will take them out to social groups etc so they meet other children but we can't afford for me to be a SAHM and send the kid. As far as I'm concerned it took a lot to get this baby and I intend to enjoy it and who cares what anyone else thinks!
Weird that people would criticise for NOT sending to daycare. As long as children are adequately socialised, which it sounds like you are, and you get a little time for yourself occasionally e.g. Grandparents time then you are doing your best for your child. Plus they are probably sick a lot less than they would be if they were in daycare. I work part time but I have a combination of babysitters and grandparents largely to avoid the germ warfare that is child care.
Thank you all so much for your replies, you have all made me feel so much better!
Another non-daycare user here. DS is 2.5 and DD 7 months.
Oh that is such rot. My 3 didn't go to daycare, and they started at kindy (pre-prep in QLD) and absolutely excelled Ignore them and enjoy your time at home with them, they grow so fast, I will have 3 in school next year and I can't believe how quick the time went
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