I have heard daycare called many things. Those that don’t agree with it mainly call it “prison” and those that try to downplay the negative vibe call it “school” even though their kids aren’t even two years old. How in the world can you call that school? Since I do not have children and obviously don’t have first hand experience with this, I would love to hear all the comments – positive or negative.
First of all, let me give you my biased beliefs on the topic. I was raised in a very loving home where my mother was always present. Before reaching the age of 5 (when school really starts), my mom was home 24/7. After my school days began, my mom began working part time during school hours, and was always at home before I stepped foot off the bus. It was good for me to know that someone was always home. Because of my positive experience, I always hoped to provide for my family well enough that my wife (assuming that will happen for me) would be able to stay at home and be with her child as she wished.
As I have grown, I have seen many people put their children in daycare, and I have also seen many raise their children in the house by having one of the parents stay at home. In each case, I now see positives and negatives.
Stay-At-Home Mom (or Dad) – Pros
- You raise your child with the ethics and beliefs that you want instilled into them
- You don’t have the expense of daycare
- You no longer have to go to work
Stay-At-Home Mom (or Dad) – Cons
- Your child does not often socialize with other kids, which may hinder their communication skills
- You no longer earn a paycheck -which may have been more than the cost of daycare
- Sometimes parents need adult relationships. “Staying at home” often isolates you from your working adult friends
Daycare Pros and Cons
Basically, the pros and cons of daycare are just the opposite of the pros and cons in being a stay-at-home parent. If your kid is in daycare, the cost is high, they get taught by someone that doesn’t have your morals and beliefs, and you’re still working tirelessly at your job.
On the pro side, your child will be more accustomed to children, which will give them better social skills. You will still be earning a fat paycheck (if your kid is in daycare, I’m assuming you’re making some good money at your job), and you can be around adults more which is typically less draining.
Are you a parent? What is your take on this???
My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.