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*This is a guest article*

Times have changed. It is no longer a requirement for mothers to stay home and take care of their children. Of course, should a mother want to do so, she is free to – but she has other options as well, such as going back to work. While it’s great that society has progressed so much, this often leaves mothers with a difficult choice: is it best to stay at home with their child, or to place them in daycare? We’ll be discussing a few things to consider to help you assess your situation and make the right decision for your family.

What do you want?

Naturally, you want what is best for your children. Often, however, what is best for a child is simply a healthy environment, whether this is at home with you or at a daycare. If you choose an option that makes you unhappy, it may affect the entire household, including your child. You can always find a compromise, even if it’s only temporary, to help everyone adjust. For example, you can start by working a half-day. That way, you can be with your child in the afternoon. It’s also a good idea to look at childcare centers near you so that you can feel more at peace. You can find childcare on Toddle.

What is your financial situation?

In some cases, you simply can’t afford to take time off of work and spend it at home with your child. If this is the case, the choice has been made for you. No matter how much you may want to be a stay-at-home mom, you may need to go back to work to help provide for your family and pay the bills. Before you make a decision based on this, you should thoroughly assess your finances and budget, to make sure that it truly is the only option.

Can you stimulate and educate them?

It’s quite easy to keep a young child entertained, but as they age, children require more stimulation. Often, parents don’t have the knowledge or time to do this on a full-time basis. Children require physical as well as mental stimulation, and childcare centers often have more resources to be able to do this. You may find that gifted children require more stimulation, so if you can’t keep up, maybe daycare is the best option.

Are they getting enough socialization?

Children need to socialize, and not just with their parents. They also need friends, as this can help with their social skills many years down the line. If your child has siblings that they can play with, you may not need to put them in daycare. The same can be said if they regularly see other children their age. However, if your child is in isolation for most of the time, with only adults to keep them company, you may want to place them in daycare to help develop their social skills.

Thank you for reading.