35 hours in school vs. in daycare

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Registered: 04-22-2005
35 hours in school vs. in daycare
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Fri, 02-06-2009 - 2:03pm

I was trying to think why I've been having such a hard time with the idea of going to work full-time in the fall and yet I don't have any problem with my kids going to school for the same amount of time when they are school age. I know that we've asked the question a lot "Why is it okay to put them in school for 35 hours but not in daycare for 35 hours?"

My toddler doesn't understand WHY Mommy is gone. He doesn't appreciate the difference between Mommy going to work and Mommy just disappearing all day. A 5-year old does. I think that until they are old enough to truly understand the purpose and necessity of the separation, those 35 hours are going to be experienced very differently.

Discuss.

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Registered: 07-18-2007
Mon, 02-09-2009 - 1:50pm
Gee, now I'm thinking that if mine had more anxieties as small children they wouldn't be so

Yeah well, that's just, ya know, like, your opinion, man-The Big Lebowski 

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 02-09-2009 - 2:52pm
Lol, dd certainly let it all out.
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Registered: 02-05-2009
Mon, 02-09-2009 - 2:56pm
I cling to this in the hopes that Liza will grow up reasonably well adjusted LOL
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 02-09-2009 - 3:04pm
She will, my faith is strong. ;)
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Registered: 08-03-2008
Mon, 02-09-2009 - 7:49pm
That's the same reason I thought of it.
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Registered: 04-22-2005
Tue, 02-10-2009 - 9:41am

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I think it's better to either have them in daycare from early infancy or to wait until they are school age than to put a toddler in daycare for the first time.

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Tue, 02-10-2009 - 9:42am

<<4 years old? Really? Is that an average? If so, I doubt it highly.>>

To which part of the post are you replying, the part about theory of mind or the part about child-led weaning?

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Tue, 02-10-2009 - 9:44am
Yes, that's the type of program he goes to. He goes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-2:30.
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Registered: 04-22-2005
Tue, 02-10-2009 - 9:46am

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No, I'm a part-time WOHM and always have been. We just haven't always needed daycare.

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Registered: 08-29-2002
Tue, 02-10-2009 - 9:46am

"I think it's better to either have them in daycare from early infancy or to wait until they are school age than to put a toddler in daycare for the first time."

Out of curiosity, on what are you basing this opinion? And does this mean that you also believe a 3 yo should not go to any kind of preschool?

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