The NYT had an article this weekend about raising the price of their day-care costs.
"I can do a better job raising my children than anyone else."
So are you saying that when your children were in childcare they were being raised by someone else?
Sandi--Mommy to Ryan 7/24/07
I knew I was going to get flack for that comment but yes, I do, and so did the other workers there. after all, most of the children were there from about 6:30-7 in the AM to about 6:15-7PM in the evening. Very few were there for shorter hours. We taught them how to eat, potty trained them, their colors, how to dress themselves, share, ect. Discipline. For the little ones of course there was walking and talking. This one father was furious that I taught his son how to walk!!! My goodness, if you want to teach your child yourself then don't bring him to me. It's my JOB. It's what I am PAID for.
When they went home they ate dinner and went to bed. The weekends are the only time they were with their parents and many of those had weekend nannies or had relatives that cared for their children. My sister's mother in law is like this. She has my sister get her from the afterschool care and bring her home until bedtime. My sister watches her on the weekends and if she can't then a friend is found to 'play with' the girl. The poor girl feels unwanted and unloved. Not that your children feel that way but SHE does and some of my children in daycare did as well.
Oh, one awful parents was a SAHM and had her daughter in daycare over 12 hours a day. It wasn't unusual for me to finally take the child home because mom said dad was supposed to pick her up and never did. I know, not supposed to transport children but it was that or call CPS for child abandonment and now I wish I had...poor child.
our dc ratios must be a bit lower here in CT.
so you also fed them, buying them groceries?
I happily and joyously welcomeed the help and advice and support of Liza's wonderful day care teachers. We potty trained her together, we watched her walk together, we helped her learn her little corner of the world together and we certainly loved her together. But raising a child is more than teaching potty skills and walking, its instilling your core values in a child, showing them the wide world and discussing their place in it, its experiencing major life events like deaths and births and graduations and first communions, its helping them navigate the intricate world of personal relationships and at times its letting them fall and fail so they can get up and try again. It's being there in the middle of the night when they have a fever or bringign them to the dentist when they discover doing karaoke in the shower with ac an of shaving cream = chipped front tooth.
Yes. We. Did.
So, you have decided to homeschool your children?
While I sympathize with your situation, my question is why were you alone paying for child care?
Linda - wife, mother, grandmum &nb