My husband is a stay at home father to my beautiful two year old girl. We made the decision to do this and not put our daughter in daycare. But ever since making this decision, all we have ever heard is ‘what about socialising, poor girl doesn’t get to play, daycare is the best thing for their development’. So, in a moment of complete weakness and pressure, I put her into daycare. After a short while, we took her out. Don’t get me wrong, she got used to it, cried at first, but was loving it by the time we would pick her up. I just didn’t feel right.
After much discussing with my husband, we decided that we let the pressure get to us. Our daughter is socialised plenty, she spends days with family, sleepovers at her aunties, visits to our friends that all have children. Plus going to the parks, playgrounds, doing craft days at home and playing with her dogs outside in her yard. She is a happy, friendly, clever young girl.
My whole point to this is, I don’t judge anyone else. I am perfectly fine with my friends that have their children in daycare, for whatever reason. I don’t care about the way people feed their child, discipline their child, entertain their child. Parenting is hard! Yet I felt so pressured by other mothers, that they made me question my own judgement. Come on mothers, let’s look out for eachother, not hinder eachother.

Posted by teacup83, 2nd April 2016

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