Recently, my wife and I took a trip to visit a daycare that was highly recommended by a few of her co-workers. This daycare was supposed to be one of the better ones in the area and I would hope so for the price they were asking. As instructed on the phone, the daycare told us to drop by whenever we were in the area. We walked through the front door to start our tour of the daycare. There were different rooms for different age groups and even an outside area for kids to play. Since our baby is an infant, we were most interested in visiting the infant section. After walking into the infant section, I immediately realized this is not the place I want my son spending 6 to 8 hours per day. All the children in the daycare looked confused and depressed. As much as the daycare tried to make it a happy place, it was very depressing to me.
After visiting the daycare I quickly realized, I do not want my son in there or any other daycare. I would rather have my wife look after our son, even if it does impact us financially. You cannot slap a price on love and care for your child. I would rather delay my mortgage pay off until a later date, to have peace of mind that my child is safe and getting the best care possible. At the same time, it will help my wife build a better relationship with our son as he grows up. Additionally, I can work extra hard on my business to bring in more money to supplement any loss of money from my wife’s job. My wife will also try to land a job two to three days per week at night or on the weekends. I am glad I figured this daycare situation out before rather than later. If I did not walk into the daycare, I may not have realized how much I hate it.
Maybe not all daycares are the same, but for me personally, I do not want to leave my son there. If there is the question of socialization, my son will have plenty of socialization with our family and friends’ children. He will also socialize when he goes to school. There will be sacrifice of financial progress due to this situation, but I am confident I can redirect and get it back on track within a year. These are just my personal opinions on daycare and I thought it might be worth sharing.