Mom Confessions: I'm on Vacation, But My Kid Is Going to Day Care

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hushIt's time for a Mom Confession -- because, let's face it, we're real mothers and sometimes it doesn't work the way the parenting books say it should.

This Week's Confession:

"My husband and I have a few days off from work, but we still plan on taking our daughter to day care one of the days. We are paying for it and we never get a break. I personally think that any spare moment you can spend with your child is priceless, but sometimes its nice to have a day to yourself. She will play and paint and do crafts, and have a good time, so I figure no harm done." --anonymous

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Should working moms put their kids in day care when they have the day off?

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Are you putting your child into day care over the holiday break? Should working moms do this? Why or why not?

We all have secrets -- so thanks to this brave mom for sharing her honest thoughts, and thank you for keeping this conversation non-judgemental!

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ziann... zianneaaliyah

There is no me day when you decide to become a mother.

Londo... LondonAsMommy

On occasion I don't see anything wrong with it.  Not ALL day, and not every day.  Like a lot of you, I didn't respond in the poll because I didn't agree with any of the options.

NotPa... NotPanicking

My son cried when he didn't get to go to pre-school.  Even now he's already asking how long until break is over and he can go back to Kindy.  He loves school, and I can only hope it lasts through college.  The times I did keep him home he was mad because he fell behind on whatever project they were doing that week and missing out on time with his friends.  If he'd been in a parking lot style daycare, I probably would have taken him out more often, but he was fortunate to go somewehre that all of the kids were well cared for and happy.

Healt... HealthyMom27

I think if its not the whole time you are on vacation then its fine to do.I think it also depends on the parents as well.My dd only goes to preschool 4 days a week and when we have vacation time we all spend it together.DH and I have date nights and thats enough for us.

ta2di... ta2dirishlass

You're already paying for it, so why not? Everyone needs a break once in a while!

mum2g... mum2gr8byz

I am a SAHM and personally I could NEVER do this. But, I am not going to say whether or not other moms should, that's up to them.

maria... mariannainidaho

I work full time and I am planning to send him for a day or two over my break (I'm a teacher).  He likes it there and it helps me get things done.

hunta... huntannakay

I guess I agree w/ a couple of other posts.  Once I became a mother, well that's it!  I became a mother not anyone else.  Every week of the year they would be in daycare so why send them to daycare when it's vacation time?   Isn't vacation for the whole family, not just Hubby and you?  I've worked after having my son and in reality work was "me" time.  I was much more appreciated at work, was able to talk to adults, and was able to leave it behind when I left.  Then I stayed at home (which I absolutely love for numerous benefits), and I hardly ever feel appreciated, am able to talk to adults, and I can't just leave it behind.  So to me, working was easier than staying at home, but much less rewarding.  (Sorry if this sounds confusing.....it's hard to explain)  :)

Godluvzu Godluvzu

I guess it's ok if not done too often. She said her dh will have a day off too, so they would be able to spend some time alone together, which is also very important. Is it really any different than hiring a sitter for an evening so she and her dh can go out? If her child truly enjoys going to daycare, and she's paying for it anyway, I don't think it's a terrible thing to do. Being a sahm, I don't know what it's like to be away from my kids every day and have them cared for by others, so it's hard to identify.

JADENMAC JADENMAC

i think if i were in the situation, i'd feel guilty....and pick them up early, or something like that.....we spend so much time w/ my son on the weekends and evenings, it's okay to have a break sometime and enjoy "alone" time w/ your spouse, absolutely !

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