So the past couple of weeks or so, I’ve been looking at child care centers for my son, and getting ready for the next semester at my college. After much discussions with my husband, I have become a bit emotional about having my son going to a child care center.
Parental Anxiety – I will be the first to admit that I have anxiety issues. It’s worst when it comes to my son. I cringe at the thought of someone watching my son. I don’t even like my in-laws to watch him. It’s not that I don’t trust them. I trust them to take great care of my son, but I feel as though it is not their responsibility to do so. So as his mother, I try my best to make sure I or his father is the one watching our son. I also can’t imagine letting my son go to a preschool at this age. He’s only 3 years old (turning 4 in May). Also don’t get me wrong, I love my son so much. I would do anything for him, and I’ve been trying my best as a parent to make sure he is at his best potential.
Day Care or Preschool? – So I’ve mostly been on the phone with a bunch of child care centers. I found out through my college’s website that they offered child care services for their staff and students. I was hopeful about it, but I wasn’t expecting anything. Mainly because they were cheaper for tuition than the others. My anxiety calmed down a bit after my husband and I talked to one of the staff members there on Thursday. She reassured me that “yes, it’s a hard transition for the child and parents. We’ll help as much as we can.” I was impressed. She also reassured me that they have seen all kinds of kids, and can handle anything a kid can dish out. What impressed me was how their structure resembled going to school. I thought “great! Now when we tell my son we’re going to school. He’ll go to school too!” So I’m calling it a preschool, rather than a day care center.
It’s for the best – To be honest, I don’t want my son to go to preschool, but it’s for the best. The main reason why I want my son to go to a child care center? Mainly for his social and motor skills. In the past 3 years of his life, the only social contact he has had with someone his own age is when we visit our best friends in North Carolina. That has so far been once a year, and I don’t think we’ll be able to visit this year 🙁 So he needs the social interaction. I also hope that once he’s around kids his own age, he will be able to communicate a lot more for us. I’m hoping that with the upcoming one month break from my college classes, I’ll be able to get my son to communicate better! As far as letters and numbers, I think he’s fine. He loves to read.
Overall Plan – I signed up on the waiting list, and I won’t know until after Thanksgiving whether or not my son will be able to attend the preschool in January. I’ll be praying for it, and hope we get the “twice a week” schedule we want. I think it’ll be good for him. I’ve already talked to one of the managers to get a schedule going for him. We’ll be taking him in a week earlier to get him used to the environment. Then the first week of school (or two), his grandma will be watching him. Just until my son and I get comfortable with the facility. Luckily, they have two-way mirrors so we can watch him without being in the room with him 🙂