We’ve been lucky enough to have grandparents live close by enough to look after Grayson whilst I work part time and Mark works full time, Grayson turns 2 in April and the fact we’ve been lucky enough to keep him out of any childcare for that long is something we’re both very thankful for.
There’s obviously nothing wrong with putting your children into child care, it’s purely just that in the UK it’s very expensive and would essentially be my whole wage to put Grayson into a nursery for the hours that I work.
However, we’re now considering putting Grayson into a nursery, even if it’s just for a few hours one day a week. Not even because we need to, but as something for Grayson. He’s an amazing little boy: he’s kind and considerate, funny and smart, and just an all round legend. He is also an extremely sensitive soul, and quite shy.
This isn’t a bad thing at all, I love him even more for the fact that he feels emotions more deeply than some adults do. I worry that without even trying, my anxieties rub off on him and make him nervous around people that he doesn’t know. So if he were able to be around other children his own age, and other adults more, I like to hope that he’d slowly become more confident.
Ideally I would keep Grayson in this protective little bubble until he needed to go to school. The thought of sending my sweet and sensitive boy to nursery and not being there for him fills me with dread. The thought of him being upset, and not being there to comfort him makes my heart break. However, I know that’s my own issues and Grayson will more than likely be absolutely fine.
I’m still very conflicted about the whole thing, but I think we will start to look into it more intensely over the upcoming months and hopefully I’ll eventually start to feel more comfortable about taking Grayson out of our little bubble.
What age did your children go into childcare? And how did you/your children find it?