- Daycare Centers are cesspools of contagions. It's not their fault. It's the nose pickers and tornado sneezers fault.
- It doesn't help if your kid likes to lick random objects.
- Daycare provides an amazing social learning environment that is well worth the endless colds.
- This is especially true if you are a geeky introvert who lacks social skills.
- If your child is a puker, a loft bed may not be the best idea.
- Really, trust me on this one. I know what I'm talking about.
- It's a really bad idea to try and figure out how much money you've spent on daycare days that you couldn't use because your child was sick.
- Damn, I could have had an iPad for that!
- Watching your child read a book to his entire class during a Halloween party is one of the most amazing feelings of pride you will ever have.
- Having your child's teacher point out how poorly your child eats is pretty much the exact opposite of that feeling.
- You might just be surprised that your response to the teacher telling you that your child won't do worksheets for her is, "Great! That means he likes you and is comfortable in your class."
- But you won't be surprised when your secondary response is, "Crap. It's not even kindergarten yet."
- It is awesome to walk into the classroom to a huge hug and a declaration of, "I LOVE YOU."
- It's a little awkward when you look down and realize it's not your kid.
- And finally, even though you may worry at times if you are doing the right thing for your child, when you walk into the classroom to find the middle aged Indian woman who teaches the class rocking out with the students to the Clash's Rock the Casbah, you'll know that maybe he's in the right place.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Reflections on a Year of Daycare
This week marks a full year since Michael started daycare. I have a lot of thoughts about the subject and I thought this might be a good post for some randomness. Here goes...