posted on Feb, 10 2013 @ 04:38 AM
Well, that wasn't my experience at all. I worked until my daughter started public school, so she was in daycare the first five years of her life.
Being an only child, and living in a neighborhood that didn't have children her age, I think the daycare was the best place for her. She learned to
socialize with other children, she learned to be independent away from me (she learned not to be "clingy" to Mommy), and I think it made it much
easier to transition to school.
The only negative for me was all the bugs she caught, especially the first year. Seems like she was constantly sick. The good part about that was, she
built up her immunity, so that by the time she started public school, she hardly got sick at all. The kids who didn't go to daycare had a much harder
time being away from their mom, and they were just starting to catch and share bugs and viruses, so they were missing critical days of learning at
I was lucky in that I found a wonderful daycare. It was relatively small, and the turnover of teachers (and children) was very low. My daughter grew
up with the same kids and teachers over her years there, and she felt like they were family. I cried when it was her last day there, because I knew I
would miss the teachers I had come to know very well.
Oh, and my daughter is 11 now, and is one of the least aggressive kids I know.