Like most parents, you probably had it all perfectly planned out the moment you discovered you were pregnant: I’ll never let my child watch cartoons…I’m always going to cook everything from scratch…I’ll never put them into childcare!
The list goes on…but life doesn’t always go the way we want it to or initially plan! And the statements above and other unrealistic perhaps idealistic ideas are just more fuel to add to the “mom guilt” fire. Well, first of all let me tell you that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with letting your child watch cartoons or eat something that you haven’t spent the best part of a day putting together. And as for the childcare element? Single parenthood pretty much demands that at some point someone other than you will be watching and tending to your child. Just know that guilt is no respector of persons and you’re not alone in feeling guilty.
Perhaps you might have planned to spend an extended amount of time with your little one before you headed back to work (check out this website for the latest in stylish eyewear, perfect for the office) but sometimes plans go awry, or you might feel that you need additional stimulation in your life…which means that there’s always the awful feeling you get when you drop your children off at day care…
Well, I’m here to tell you that you’re not alone. And this part of motherhood is always a bag of mixed feelings. So, read on for 4 reasons why you should put your mom-guilt over childcare to rest.
It gives their social skills a boost
What could be better than happy, healthy baby that just loves meeting new people? Well, spending time in childcare is a major steppingstone in their social development. Spending the day surrounded by other little people, developing their own language skills, learning to share, experiencing the feelings of others, learning to play and making friends are all social skills that will flourish in a childcare environment.
The health boost
It might seem that your child brings home a new ailment every week at the beginning. Whether that’s chicken pox, a cold, a cough or an ear infection and while it’s unpleasant for everyone involved (and gross) it’s actually making them stronger by building a stronger immune system that has the ability to fight the illnesses that it encounters. Studies have shown that children who spend more time in childcare and interacting with other children will pick up more coughs/colds/ear infections but are more likely to have less time off for illness during their school years!
It boosts their independence
It’s difficult, but believe it or not, having your little one spend time away from you and growing and playing with other children is actually giving them a real sense of independence and let’s them learn the value of play, entertainment and the pride that comes from independent thinking.
The most important thing is that your baby is happy, healthy and well loved and I’m sure that that is most likely to be the case!