People cringe when you say, “My kid is in daycare/preschool.” I don’t understand why. I know some people have grandparents or friends who are able to cut back on expenses and actually make sure the children are cared for and having fun. However, I think that they should have at least three days a week of some sort of school activity.
I have had my son in some sort of program since he was about a year old. I work from home and I still manage to put him into programs just because he needs that socialization. He learns so much from others, he enjoys going, and he actually imitates them!
It makes me happy knowing that I drop him off and he gets to interact with other kids his age. The mingling really does help. People sometimes don’t like their kid being around other kids because they might get sick or whatnot. But it actually builds their immune system. My son used to be sick all the time. We feed him the right foods, clean his hands, and give him vitamins so that he doesn’t get as sick as often.
There is always going to be that chance of them getting sick. I think it’s better for kids to get an early start rather than tackling illness when they are older.
Above all else, children seriously gain so much from daycare, preschool, or an activity. If they participate in a program, they form the habit of a schedule and routine. They also learn from their peers and get to explore things differently than they do at home.
Here are some great items to have when putting your kid into a program.
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