Are you a parent who has stayed home for the first year or two after your child was born but who are now ready to go back to work? Are you questioning if this is the right decision for both you and your baby? You should not feel bad for wanting to get back into the world and most of the time in can actually be very good for a child to start interacting with other children.
If you do decide to place your child with a sitter or in daycare where there are other children you may be surprised of how much your child may change in just a short period of time. The majority of these changes tend to be for the good, as long as they are in a well organized daycare facility. Places like these generally put a lot of time into teaching and developing a child's skills.
Finding a good place for your child is something which should not be done hastily. You have all heard horror stories from daycares or babysitters all around the world, so in order to ensure good quality daycare make sure you do a real good check on your child's potential care takers. As long as the place or person are on the up and up, nobody will frown upon or deny any questions or requests you may have. Do not be afraid to ask.
A daycare can be a wonderful experience for both you and your child and being apart from each other while you are at work will not harm any of you. As a matter of fact it can be very good especially for your child who will realize that this is how things work, grown up's has to work in order to take care of their family. Somewhere in their minds, the idea of hard work is something all of us have to do, will take place. They will see you taking responsibility and hopefully it will install the same work ethics in them.
In the beginning it may be hard for you to drop them of every day and listen to them beg you not to leave him or her. This is much harder on you than what it is for your child who after only a short time will have "forgotten" all about you and are probably having a lot of fun with all the other kids. Bottom line is, you are the one who will suffer the most from placing your childcare, you are the one who will feel guilty while your child is there having fun and learning things.
After having your child in daycare for a period of time one of the biggest changes you may notice is your child's independence. They will learn to do things on their own without having to depend on others to do it for them. To your surprise you might find a child who is much more willing to share than before and who is also willing and wanting to help out around the house. These things are all good but you need to be aware that some of the other kid's bad behaviors can be picked up by your little angel. Although these can be quite annoying and bad, this behavior is normal and will pass.
All in all, daycare can be a very good thing for your child and there is no reason to feel bad for you wanting to go back out into the workforce. Do make sure you do some investigation before making the final decision on which daycare to place your child in. Everyone only wants the best for there child and that is how it should be. Enjoy going back to work and know that your child is in the best of care.