It’s been a crazy weekend with crazy thoughts spinning around my head. Our son is 16 months old and we’re trying to find interesting activities for him outside of our home. Those last two days we spent running from one kids club to another, checking prices, location, staff, security,… pretty much everything! And we’ve found one amazing kids club that meets (and surpasses, actually) all our expectations. The only problem with it is that it’s located very far from where we live which means that getting there every time (3-4 times per week) will turn into a burden pretty fast. The prices are high, but if you pay for the whole year it’s not that much. They provide different classes (music, cooking, dancing, painting, etc.), playgrounds, dress-ups, and toys rotation. There’s a good level of security (guard on the first floor and automatically locked doors on the second floor, where the children are playing). There are books, magazines, and the staff speak English!! (which was a great relief for me!) We fell in love with this club the moment we saw it. It’s called Bumblebee Kids Club and is located in one of the two main malls of Baku. However, that’s pretty far for us and we’ll probably have to give it up. Tomorrow we’re going to check another one which also provides classes and activities for the little ones. I really hope that it will be ok, because it’s located very close to our home.
Meanwhile, my head is spinning with thoughts about whether I should send my child to day care or not. We had actually decided to enroll him once he turns 2, but I’m starting to rethink that. I currently have the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom which allows me to take care of my child without sending him to day care or kindergarten. However, I don’t want to deprive him of the opportunity to socialize and play with other kids.
I’m thinking that maybe I can try homeschooling him those first few years, while at the same time enrolling him in a kids club, where he will have the chance, a few times per week, to learn, play, and communicate with other children at his age as well.
What do you think? Is day care that essential for our children? Wouldn’t they, actually, benefit more by learning the things we find important to teach them? Isn’t time spent with family more precious than that spent in day care or kindergarten? I know all those things have their pros and cons. And sometimes we don’t really have a choice. But if we did… what do you think works best? Feel free to share with me in the comments below.