This is a post about family by Ellie Jo.
As a mother, you always want what’s best for your child. And, of course, no one is going to provide better care than you possibly could. But, if you’re dealing with “mom guilt” over the idea of putting your child in daycare, it’s time to put a stop to that!
It’s easy to think that daycares don’t give your children what they might need when it comes to spending time outside or teaching them important things, even at a young age. But, most childcare centers have changed over the years.
Now? There are countless benefits to signing your child up for daycare. Still not convinced? Let’s take a look at a few of them.
- They’ll Be on a Regular Schedule
Kids need routine. Having a daily schedule will help your child feel more secure and stable in any environment. There’s no denying that this past pandemic year has thrown a wrench in so many things. So, whether you’re currently working from home or trying to go back to work in-person, you can take comfort in knowing that your child will be on a daily schedule at a reputable daycare.
- It Will Improve Their Cognitive Development
Multiple studies have shown that children who learn in daycare and childcare environments tend to have faster cognitive development. This has mostly been tested in the teen years when it comes to their overall performance.
Not every daycare is the same when it comes to what they might teach your child. So, be sure to do your research on the “curriculum”. Facilities that provide educational support and encourage your child to learn, even from a very young age, are exactly what you should be looking for.
- It Can Boost Their Social Skills
One of the most common reasons parents put their children in daycare is for social interaction. Leaving them alone at a day care all day can be hard, even if you’re working and you know it’s necessary. But, you can find peace of mind knowing they’re making new friends and learning social skills that will last a lifetime.
Because of the social skills learned around other children, your child may grow up with more self-confidence and self-esteem. That’s a characteristic that can’t be “taught”, it happens in the right environment.
- It Encourages Independence
It might be hard for you to think about your little one being independent, but isn’t that what every parent wants? You want to make sure your child will be okay when you’re not there. Daycare can help them understand that they’ll be fine throughout the day without you there, and give them security knowing you’ll always come back to get them.
There are so many additional benefits to daycare, from the activities your child will participate in to the friendships that could last a lifetime. If you’ve been on the fence about it, now is the perfect time to start researching local childcare facilities in your area as the world starts to return to “normal”. It’s a great opportunity for both you and your child.
Rachel is an Austin blogger, educator, mom, wife, young breast cancer survivor writing about health, saving money, and living a happy life in Austin, Texas.
Rachel has written for HuffPost and Hometalk and has been featured on KXAN, Studio 512, Fox 7 Austin, and CBS Austin.