Daycare drama

Every child is different, no matter how child care centers try to spin it. My daughter simply doesn’t like daycare in the large center environment, or at least not the one we tried. After going for 3 days, she got a terrible cold. But even before the cold hit, by the 3rd day she was crying when talking about school.

After recovering from the cold, we tried again. As soon as she saw the teacher she burst into tears. “I don’t want to take a nap!” she yelled at the teacher. We went for two more days anyway, no more than 3 hours each time, and she was miserable.

My inquisitive, happy, energetic toddler was a crying mess. At home she told me, “Don’t leave me! Mommy stay with me. I don’t want to take a nap!”

On the other hand, her best friend just started there and simply loves it.

They’re all different.

Now I’m looking into a smaller daycare situation, or one where the main teacher stays in the room 95% of the time at least. This place had 13 two-year-olds in the classroom, so it was chaos. Oh, and did I mention that we came down with the stomach flu after taking her back for just 2 days? Yuck!

Back to the drawing board.

What daycare situations have worked for you, especially if you kept your children at home for several years before attempting child care?

6 Responses to “Daycare drama”

  1. Triphow Ling says:

    Well, maybe she just doesn’t want to take a nap. I mean, if a daycare teacher tried to put me to sleep when I didn’t feel like it, I’d give her a good kick in the shins. You need to trust your daughter some more, and find out what she really wants to do, and maybe explain that to the daycare.

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  3. When my son was 3, we took him into daycare and had something similar happen with him. He threw fits because he didn’t want to take a nap. We eventually took him out and nana watched him until he started school. My daughter is now in daycare and she takes naps, but cries everyday that we take her. This is something that is tramatic for the child as well as the parent, but what else can you do?

  4. Well like you said, your little girl is energetic so maybe she doesn’t need to take a nap. If you can explain that to the daycare teacher, she can let her do something else while the other kids nap, like do some crafts or read a book, or color a picture. I’m sure most teachers would be nice enough to accomodate your requests.

  5. Finding the right situation for each individual child can be tough, I hope you found something that worked well for your daughter!

  6. I had the same issue with my child, we had her go for a few hours 3 days a week and as she got to make friends she wanted to go more.