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Daycare Dilemmas: Is It Right for Your Child and When Should It Start?

“I used to live my life being passionate about me. My priorities have shifted. The more that I can do to help other people, the better I am,” shared Kim Kardashian-West with viewers of the finale of Keeping Up with the Kardashians Season 15 in December 2018.

Say what you want about Kim Kardashian-West, but the reality star and business mogul is proving that a messy past does not automatically lead to a bleak future. Now that she has her own family, she has whipped herself into shape and is constantly improving herself for the kids and their future.

Kim works hard for her growing family, too — talking to whomever she needs to talk to just to get things done and go home to three adorable children and an eccentric yet doting husband. Unfortunately, not everyone has her financial capacity to pay for multiple nannies to look after the kids while she’s out on business meetings, corporate functions, or, in her case, photo shoots that earn money for the family.

The next best thing, in the case of regular folks who don’t star in reality shows, might be sending the kids to daycare. This way, someone can still take care and see to the wellbeing of your young ones while you’re at work.

Sending Kids to Daycare: Is It the Solution for Busy Parents?

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According to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), eligible Utah locals may take up to 12 weeks off work annually for parenting leave. Expecting parents — both mothers and fathers — can take this time off for pregnancy, childbirth, and infant care. But here’s the catch: the FMLA leave is unpaid.

As enjoyable as it is to stay at home and care for your child, it may not be financially viable. The dream of giving your little one the best life possible often means going back to work and establishing financial security to pay for necessities and the occasional luxuries. In this case, you inevitably sacrifice many hours of the day working hard away from your kid to give them the life they deserve.

Don’t worry about leaving your young one with someone else all day, every day. Before re-entering the professional world, look for a trustworthy daycare or preschool that will nurture your kid. A Kearns-based preschool lists down the determining factors of the best preschool for your child:

  • Programs and resources that unlock their true potential
  • A safe, vibrant environment that nurtures their talents and intellect
  • Teachers who contribute to your child’s cognitive, emotional, physical, and social development

With a facility that provides these opportunities, you can have peace of mind knowing that someone is looking after your child the way you would do so, yourself.

Finding the Best Time: Should You Be Sending Your Kids to Daycare Now?

Some parents look for a daycare provider only when they are about to rejoin the workforce. But, consider looking for a provider as early as in your pregnancy. This way, you can focus on recovering from birth and caring for the young one on your last few days or weeks before going back to work.

Children may experience their first wave of separation anxiety when they are 9 months old, so 12 months is an optimal age to send them to daycare. Nevertheless, if you are re-entering the workforce earlier than that, a daycare provider that welcomes infants and toddlers will know how to take care of your little one.