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Old September 25th, 2013, 08:13 AM   #21
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Thanks Immortal, yes, I will do that and have references already for last night's interview (including friends of ours). Last night went well, genuinely nice woman who was a teacher but now operates a licensed facility from her home. I checked all of the recommendations in this thread, and she offered a lot of helpful advice for us with whoever we choose.
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Old September 25th, 2013, 09:21 AM   #22
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I don't understand why parents would have kids then take their loving little babies for strangers to raise and train.
The kids learn traits from the ones they are around the most and hopefully the daycare person is devoted to the children they care for more than the money they make.
What's more important? The life style you live or the children you bring into the world?
Is the cost of daycare close to one parents wage?
I have a friend that it was not cost effective for him and his wife to work. She made good money as a nurse so he stayed home to raise the boys.
I don't understand why you need to cast judgement on others.....

Daycare is a necessary evil for many. A lot of people (myself included) couldn't get by on just one salary alone....or, maybe like myself you're divorced and don't have an option....

What's more important, putting food on the table and a roof over your childs head and having to send them to daycare, or being unemployed and homeless to raise them?

Both of my children (my son and step daughter) went to daycare, my son started at 6 months old. Both of my children read at a level above their grade, do math 2 levels above their grade, and are well rounded disciplined children. They learned social skills in daycare that were far and above those of the other kindergardeners who were in their classes. They are now in 3rd grade and do not have to attend daycare any longer due to the fact that I am able to work from home.

The money I spent at daycare was that of a mortgage each month, however I chose the specific daycare I chose due to the fact that I went to school with the director since first grade, they had a development curriculum for the children both academically and socially, as well as a wonderful summer camp atmosphere including 2-3 field trips each week to places like greenfield village, the local "science pond" at the high school, the planetarium, an occasional movie, days at the park with nature walks, etc.

To be honest, a stay at home mom and a million dollar a year job would have been nice, but I have zero regrets about having my children in a pre-school/daycare environment like we did.

mtbryno, congrats on the little one coming, and good luck in your quest to find a good care giver for your child.

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Old September 25th, 2013, 09:31 AM   #23
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We have had a combo of daycare/nanny/stay at home mom

All three choices have their pros and cons and all three choices are just fine.
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mtbryno, congrats on the little one coming, and good luck in your quest to find a good care giver for your child.
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My wife runs an in-home daycare, whatever you do make sure that the daycare provider is state licensed!

There are a lot of dirtass people out there, try your best to avoid them.

It is extremely difficult to find a GOOD daycare for kids under 18 months old.

If you want to know more about it, send me a PM.
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my grandma raised me parents both worked full time. so I stayed with my grandma ~6-9 hrs a day. Mom dropped me off in the morning, dad picked me up.

Maybe that is why I get along with old people so well... I read 4 grades above reading level, and 3 above math in elementary school. I'm not sure if that was because of time with my grandma, or just how I turned out.

Not really productive to the thread, but my experience nonetheless. I had a lot of babysitters that I hated, most were friends of the family's kids... who would rather talk on the phone than do anything with us. some were hawt

on a side note, for wisdom when this time comes for me. I'd like to be the stay at home dad
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I don't understand why you need to cast judgement on others.....

Daycare is a necessary evil for many. A lot of people (myself included) couldn't get by on just one salary alone....or, maybe like myself you're divorced and don't have an option....

What's more important, putting food on the table and a roof over your childs head and having to send them to daycare, or being unemployed and homeless to raise them?

Both of my children (my son and step daughter) went to daycare, my son started at 6 months old. Both of my children read at a level above their grade, do math 2 levels above their grade, and are well rounded disciplined children. They learned social skills in daycare that were far and above those of the other kindergardeners who were in their classes. They are now in 3rd grade and do not have to attend daycare any longer due to the fact that I am able to work from home.

The money I spent at daycare was that of a mortgage each month, however I chose the specific daycare I chose due to the fact that I went to school with the director since first grade, they had a development curriculum for the children both academically and socially, as well as a wonderful summer camp atmosphere including 2-3 field trips each week to places like greenfield village, the local "science pond" at the high school, the planetarium, an occasional movie, days at the park with nature walks, etc.

To be honest, a stay at home mom and a million dollar a year job would have been nice, but I have zero regrets about having my children in a pre-school/daycare environment like we did.

mtbryno, congrats on the little one coming, and good luck in your quest to find a good care giver for your child.
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I don't understand why parents would have kids then take their loving little babies for strangers to raise and train.
The kids learn traits from the ones they are around the most and hopefully the daycare person is devoted to the children they care for more than the money they make.
What's more important? The life style you live or the children you bring into the world?
Is the cost of daycare close to one parents wage?
I have a friend that it was not cost effective for him and his wife to work. She made good money as a nurse so he stayed home to raise the boys.
Do you have 2 kidneys? If so give one away for free. You only need one.

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Ask for references!!! Call everyone of them too!
This. You also can do inspections, I scheduled a drop in for a tour only giving them 30 mins notice. - although this was a facility that is 'locked down' and does not anyone in without a child at the facility. We had already talked with them a couple times so they had met pregnant wife and I.

After my child was there I would randomly drop in as well on days that I would work from home. (I couldn't work with a 1 month old there) Every time I stopped in they were playing and working with him.

I still randomly stop in early after 2 years. I know ours is damn near a mortgage payment too. It is definitely a new Caddy payment.

It is basically a school for infants up. He likes to go and play with the kids, and it lets my wife work so we can get him a more fitting home. Win Win.
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