I was so stressed out about having to decide who would keep my son when I had to go back to work and I was only a few weeks pregnant. I started doing research online very early on. I began calling and interviewing when I was 6 months pregnant. Many people told me that I was starting too early. I didn't care what they thought because this was probably my first important decision as an expectant mom. There were so many options. You have babysitters, nannies, home daycare, and childcare centers. Here's why I chose to go with the home daycare option:
- GUILT - I felt guilty because I couldn't stay home with my precious baby. I thought a home daycare would be the next best thing. At least my son would be in a warm environment with the comforts of home.
- FLEXIBILITY - I worked for a retailer at the time and needed childcare that wasn't closed during the holidays and in the summer.
- MONEY - I needed childcare that didn't cost as much as my mortgage payment. Granted, there are some home daycares that cost just as much as some childcare centers. Please know that you don't always get what you pay for when it comes to childcare.
- CONNECTION - The chance to form a personal connection with the person caring for my son was very important. Being in someone's home will tell you a great deal about them. The fact that the same person would be there every day assured me. The stability was a huge bonus.
- ATMOSPHERE - A home daycare was the best of both worlds to me. The atmosphere was warm and inviting while providing an opportunity for learning and exploration. I thought it would be easier for my son to go somewhere comfortable. There's such a stark contrast between home and a childcare center.