6 Reasons Day Care Is Great for Your Kid

daycareMoms 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.

Here are 6 reasons day care is awesome for your kid.

1. Your kids have a lower chance of being depressed. 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?

2. Socialization. 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 -- 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.

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3. Structure. 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.

4. Your child will never be bored. I 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.

5. Academic readiness. Studies have shown that kids who go to day care may be more ready for school than their stay-at-home counterparts. No, your child won't learn physics at the day care center, but very basic math and language skills are often learned.

6. Your child is in good hands. When you send your little one off to day care, you know they're with trained professionals. You can't be just anybody and open up a childcare center.

Do you send your kid to day care?


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truea... truealaskanmom

way to perpetuate the mommy wars, and also academic readiness really isn't the greatest thing in the world, it is developmentally inappropriate to shove so much academics into a young child, at some point they will lose a lot of that and be evenly matched with their stay at home counterparts who will have better retention in the long term.  

Eleanor Halbauer

if day care workers are so important how come they rarely ge paid over minimum wage?

RitzC... RitzCrackerz

um actually there is no guarantee that they are following the rules you have set for your child. There have been cases of places feeding babies as young as 3 months cereal without asking the parents permission. So I doubt the child would be in "good hands". Also you can get socialization by getting together with other mommy groups if you look you can find them. I can teach my daughter the basics of math, writing and reading at home before preschool thank you very much.  As for the depression? please just because a parent has it doesn't mean it will automatically go to the child.

hulie12 hulie12

This sounds like a paid advertisment for Day Care.  You make assumptions that children with stay at home moms do not get structure or do any socializing.  The statement about depressed mothers is absurb to point out as a depressed mother could feel more quilt when leaving her child with someone else and this also could lead to a mother who is depressed to think that she is harming her child by not putting that child in daycare. As for academics stay at home moms can do and often do a better job of educating their own child and children of stay at home moms are equal to or more advanced than those kids in daycare.  A mother might have to work but don't make daycare another thing a woman has to feel guilty about if she does not utilize it.  A suggestion-how about an article on whether or not a woman can afford daycare.  Use a formula that takes her income, her expenses due to working which includes gas, car expenses, lunches, clothes, daycare, fast food for meals instead of cooked ones, etc. and see what she has left over at the end.   Then she can decide if she is working to help the family or is she working for those expenses with very little left over.

adopt... adoption2013

What would be best is if I could be home with her.  However since I adopted a waiting child as a single mom this isn't an option unless I win the lottery.  Daycare was a better option than a nanny for me because it was what the autism clinic suggested to help her learn socially acceptable behaviour. 

Ariel Evans

I think these are all great reasons to have  child in social situations. I think it all depends on what daycare  you choose, your financial situation, etc. as to which to choose. I am a PreK teacher and there are students who come to be straight from home, some from daycare, and some from HeadStart programs.....and it ALL depends on WHO is working with them. If you send them to a horrible daycare where no one cares then NONE of these things matter and if you stay home and work with them all these things are still present. 

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

This isn't a list of benefits of daycare, it's a list of lies some mothers tell themselves to make them feel better about using daycare.

angel... angelbaby1977

Neither if my kids went to daycare or preschool outside of my home and are doing excellent. Both in middle school and have NO problems. Most of the points you made in the article are rediculous. And no, socialization is not an issue. Do you think that kids that stay he with someone stay in a cave and never see anyone? Stupid.

Carla Renee

I'm a daycare director. They are not lies. Wow. Amazing to see so much hate on daycares in these comments. Gheez people. I love all my kids and take very good care of them and I am close to all of my parents. Thank you very much we are bringing up good, structured, social children. Way to hate on us here! 


Carla Renee

And btw, my oldest child never went to daycare. I stayed home with him and he is just as smart and social as other kids in his class. BUT you don't see me hating on mothers who don't choose daycare.

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