Mom Confession: I Don't Trust My Child's Daycare


It'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:

I have a gut feeling that the educator in my child's daycare is not telling the truth when I ask questions like: How much did my child eat? How much did he sleep? How long did he cry for?...I hate when people try to protect my feelings by lying to me. Or maybe they try to protect their business...


...I know that kids act differently at daycare than at home with the parents. But still somehow their answers don't mesh with what I know about my child. This is a highly recommended daycare/educational center and quite expensive compared to regular daycare centers, and I thought they would provide good care.


Do you trust your child's daycare center?

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

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I'm Afraid My Husband is Going to Die

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I Have a Family, But I'm Lonely

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pagirl71 pagirl71

if you don't trust them start looking for a new one. Do not settle.

Lovep... Loveplusmama

I have never, ever had to think twice about leaving my child at daycare. He's happy, the teachers communicate with me and I fully trust them.

Lynette Lynette

listen to your gut.  if they make u feel uneasy find a new care giver

Colie68 Colie68

I voted other because the first daycare I had my DD in I didn't trust. Things just didn't seem right so I changed daycares and I know she is getting the attention and care she needs now. You gotta trust your gut when it comes to your babies.

RanaA... RanaAurora

I'm fortunately enough to never have needed daycare.  I can say, though, if I didn't trust my child's daycare, I'd do everything in my power to put them somewhere I felt comfortable with.  It's your CHILD - there's nothing more important.

Mybab... MybabyKisses

I have to agree with everyone else...if you dont trust the daycare then find another one. You should always trust your instincts when it comes to your children. Just because it is highly recommended and expensive doesnt mean they are the best in your book.

tally... tally3731

I make sure that i talked to my kids teacher everyday.  And my child receives a daily report. I don't let the teachers tell me anything and i believe it, I keep asking questions until i am satisfied. I don't like putting my children in daycare . I do believe that if the daycare is good, it works really well for social interaction. My kids need to interact with other kids. My son is doing so much better since he started daycare.

lstrzyzy lstrzyzy

All I can say is trust your gut. It could be something as simple as they have to many children and so they aren't paying attention to yours (not a good thing, but understandable in SOME circumstances) or something much worse. My mother left my brother and me at a day care when he was under six months old. She didn't trust the woman, but didn't trust her instincts either. I got a dislocated shoulder from her lifting me up by my arms and my mother found out she left my brother without any food or anything to drink, in a dirty diaper in his high chair for 8 hours a day. The woman lost her license and ended up in jail, but my mom didn't know until another mother filed a complaint and an investigation happened. Please trust your gut.

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