Top 5 Reasons Children Should Go To Childcare!
Moms who work often face a dilemma: Use day care or hire a nanny or babysitter to watch the kids. There are a few lucky souls out there who are blessed with having close friends or family members watch their children, but for the rest of us, we have to choose. And that decision, like all things with parenting, doesn’t come without guilt. Although the prospect of having one-on-one care for your child with a nanny or babysitter is appealing to some, there are tons of reasons sending your little one off to day care can be a huge benefit. Not just to your wallet, but to your child. We have listed for you top 5 reasons why children should go to childcare for you!
1. Socialization & Structure
Kids who go to day care will, obviously, be used to being around other kids more so than kids who have one-on-one childcare. There are a million reasons your child will benefit from being around other kids and they’ll come out of their shell more easily; they’ll be “used to” kids by the time preschool rolls around; and hey, they’ll have friends. When you send your child to day care, you know they are in for a structured day: Play, nap, eat, play, snack. Kids like this. We’ve heard time and again that children crave routine and it even improves their brain. Yes, you can instruct the babysitter or nanny to follow a specific schedule, but there are no guarantees it will happen every day. With day care, you know you’re getting this.
2. Your child will never be bored & Your kids have a lower chance of being depressed
We believe that the older kids get, it’s okay for them to be bored, but when they’re little, they thrive on play and interaction with others. It’s a lot easier to run out of things to do when it’s just a babysitter and a child than if your kid is at day care, where there are tons of activities to do and people to interact with. A recent study showed that moms who are depressed have less of a chance of passing down their depression to their kids if they spend some time in day care and it makes sense. Don’t you have fun when you’re surrounded by friends doing fun things?
3. Less emotional problems & An opportunity to grow
Kids in daycare whose mothers are depressed are less likely to have their own emotional problems, separation anxiety and social withdrawal symptoms than those who are with their moms or an individual caregiver, according to a recent study in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. A quality daycare program can spell success in the future especially places where the teachers know how to handle behavioral problems and where kids are given enough learning and socialization opportunities, stimulation, and affection. “If all those things are present, that bodes well for the children,” said Dr. Hayley Hirschmann, clinical psychologist with Morris Psychological Group, in Parsippany, N.J. Because kids are used to a schedule and routine, the transition will be easier when school starts.
4. A bigger brain & Better behavior
Studies show that children who are in daycare early on have higher intellectual abilities, especially because they have opportunities for observation, parallel play and socialization, according to Dr. Francine Lederer, a clinical psychologist in Los Angeles, Calif. One of the biggest benefits of daycare is socialization, because kids have to learn how to share, solve problems and be team players. And at a well-run program with teachers who have a strong education background, kids learn to use their voices to solve conflicts.
5 Less colds later on & Less stress for mom
According to a study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, children who were in large daycare groups before 2 and half years of age had more respiratory and ear infections but were sick less often during elementary school than children who were cared for at home. Stay-at-home moms are more likely to be sad, angry and be diagnosed with depression than working moms, according to a Gallup poll. A happy mama equals a happy baby! For some moms, working isn’t an option, but if you think you will be a more calm, happy mom by returning to work, then daycare might be a good option.