As parents of a one year old, one of the days that you dread the most is the first day that you are away from your child. Especially if you are traditional like myself. I have to admit, I am having a difficult time with placing Elias in childcare at the tender age of one. It just does not seem right. He’s just too little, he cannot communicates (sans crying) and fend for himself.
Good childcare is hard to find.
Tracy did an amazing job of interviewing candidates and we ended up selected on who met our criteria. So we tested it for a few time with Eli going to this day home for an hour here, hour there. The first few times, the experience was not that bad. However as the sessions became longer, Elias was not comfortable in that environment. In fact the last time he was there, after 45 minutes, the lady who owned the day home called Tracy to come and pick Eli up… after 45 minutes. She said that he would not stop crying. So Tracy went and picked him up. I have a couple of issues with this.
- First we interviewed this lady on multiple occasions and I purposely stated to her that, “…Elias will be one and he will require extra attention at times as a result. Are you prepared for this (being that she had three other children to take care of)? She replied confidently and as I probed to see how she would handle the situation, I was comfortable with here response… so fast forward to the last incident and calling Tracy after 45 minutes? What gives?
- If I am entrusting you with my most prized possession (i.e. my child) and am paying you good money, you had better be able to handle some crying and be able to comfort my child. Especially if you call yourself a professional.
So needless to say we pulled the plug on this early. This is not the environment I want my son in. So as we had paid for the full month of child care we received a full 45 minutes… wne have yet to receive our money back. Talk about frustrating.The bigger stress is now what do we do with regards to childcare? We are fortunate that our families are close by and our moms will be helping out temporarily until we can find some appropriate childcare. Quite honestly I prefer having family members look after the little guy. He’s so little, and he likes his routine. He needs familiarity. I’m not trying to shelter the kid, he’s one year old, he has only been around for just over 365 days. He should be aroud his family. I understand that some parents don’t have any options and I feel for them, I really do. For moms that go back to work, I now see the stress of having to try and find appropriate baby care. It is not fun. There is a lot of stress with trying to find appropriate childcare. For me personally, I think that at the age of one, that the child’s family should be the one’s to deliver the childcare, not some stranger who treats your child as a number.