As a former child, there are numerous positives and negatives that come along with childcare as opposed to staying at home to take care of your child. These few examples will guide you on your way due to families often having both parents working.
If childcare becomes an option, there are many benefits, especially if the child is the only sibling in the family. Here’s a few options that are efficient for watching your child as you’re away at work.
Student Courses – From personal experience, these are excellent programs due to the fact that everyone is learning (students as well as the children), which is beneficial for all parties involved. Keep in mind, a teacher is present at all times, so there is no need to feel as if your child is at the helm of a petri dish while you’re away.
Babysitter/Nanny – Another great example of childcare which can either take place at your home or the babysitter’s home. They will not only treat your child as their own but some babysitters even include meals as opposed to snacks for your child that you may experience with a childcare class. There’s also more attachment/focus to the child due to the fact it is a household environment instead of a classroom.
The issue with a sitter at your own home is they are unaware of your household. A personal experience I had with a sitter. When I was five years old staying at a friend’s house, my friend decided to go to his parent’s room to grab a toy for a round of cops and robbers.
(Disclaimer: Keep in mind this article is neither for nor against gun control but regarding childcare, babysitting, or staying at home and my experience on both ends of the spectrum.)
So I went into the bedroom and greeted with a handgun (hammer pulled back) pointed at my chest. The babysitter thankfully knew something was going on due to the fact we were too quiet and rushed to the scene to disarm the other five-year-old in the room. My parents didn’t know about this until years later after I told them and chances are the babysitter never told the other kid’s family due to the fact she would have lost her job (and any babysitting jobs after that.)
Thankfully, I’m typing this story 20 some odd years later, sharing tidbits of information regarding childcare and what suits your child and what works best for you and your family. Hopefully my personal story doesn’t instill fear (leave that to the news) but only consideration regarding your arrangement for what you would want for your child/children because they’re only going to be children for so long.