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Updated: 2011-11-01T10:05:51.746-06:00

 



oh hahahah 2007. i guess you already made your dec...

2010-03-16T11:38:14.434-06:00

oh hahahah 2007. i guess you already made your decision on this one. :P



stay with serena! 2 is still so little and individ...

2010-03-16T11:36:30.130-06:00

stay with serena! 2 is still so little and individual attention seems so important. although i totally understand your hesitation when it comes to all that time in the car...



Hi,We haven't met. I was "travelling" through the ...

2007-08-30T15:12:00.000-06:00

Hi,
We haven't met. I was "travelling" through the blogosphere and happened upon your blog.

This sounds quite straight forward from where I. a stranger, who you don't know, am standing.

I have two small children. I keep them both at home mostly because I haven't found anyone who loves them, "sees" them, has healthy ties to them, would cry for them.

You're in the right place. Someone feels for your child, cries at the thought of parting from him, offers him realistic images of his world and the people in it, protects him and allows him learning and growing space.

I envy you. You've been blessed by whatever higher powers you believe in.

The choice, regardless of monetary or time concerns is clear. Your head does speak through your emotions and your emotions are logical and give good advice.

Please don't give up your child's present daycare.

That's my two cents.



I would keep him with Serena. He's happy there, sh...

2007-08-06T06:44:00.000-06:00

I would keep him with Serena. He's happy there, she adores him, it sounds like a better environment. Less change is better for the little ones. There will be more opportunities for other school situations when he is older. Keep the good thing you have now!



I'm very glad you found yourself. Some..lermit

2007-08-04T16:48:00.000-06:00

I'm very glad you found yourself. Some.

.lermit



I live in fear that we'll be accepted at our local...

2007-08-03T20:29:00.000-06:00

I live in fear that we'll be accepted at our local daycare (5 minute walk, cheaper) now that we are settled into a place that O loves and is loved in because we'd have to make the same tough choice. I think I'd go with my heart and head and perhaps move him later when there is a more natural transition.

These decisions are really hard, I feel your pain!



I like what Sciencewoman said about paying for the...

2007-08-01T12:04:00.000-06:00

I like what Sciencewoman said about paying for the ratio, though I assume there are more teachers at Hippie Nursery School to go with the 20 kids.

My son went to daycare from 6 months old (extremely near my office, so I was in there all the time), and I have no views against daycare. My inclination at first was to recommend moving him. But Fantastic Mentor's comment made me think that Serena might be better for him right now. The trouble is that Hippie Nursery School might be better for him later - but I like the idea that you tell them that after looking at it further, you don't think he's ready to transition to a preschool setting yet, but you plan to do it when he's about 3, and would there be any difficulty with you reapplying then? In other words, make it clear to them that you're not dissing them.



Keep him where he's happy for another year, if you...

2007-08-01T11:52:00.000-06:00

Keep him where he's happy for another year, if you can afford it and the drive isn't driving you absolutely insane. Two is a hard time to transition.



Stay with Serena at least for another 6 months. I'...

2007-08-01T08:29:00.000-06:00

Stay with Serena at least for another 6 months. I'd give an arm and a leg to have someone like her for Minnow. What all the others said is true, plus if you need a cost justification, think of it in terms of student/teacher ratios. You are paying just a little more for Lucas to be one of three kids competing for Serena's attention, versus one of 20(!) at HNS.



i say stay with Serena. he is only 2 and it's more...

2007-07-31T10:13:00.000-06:00

i say stay with Serena. he is only 2 and it's more important to feel cared for, have a home environment etc at that age. when he's three you can bring him to hippie preschool. because around that age, they do need preschool. and the he's my favorite, they do *not* say that to everyone. i have a serena in my family and have grown up with family daycares, so i say stick with her for another year. and make some excuse to hippie preschool that you don't think he's ready, or something, but you do wasn't him to start at age three. and maybe they can give you some sort of inclination to accept him again or something? whatever you decide, it will all be okay!



I would second what Anastasia said. You are comfo...

2007-07-31T10:08:00.000-06:00

I would second what Anastasia said. You are comfortable with Serena and the environment and your son adores her. Moving to a new school, albeit cheaper and closer, means an adjustment period. How long might it take for Lucas to adjust?

We use a larger daycare service for The Toddler, but it's attached to the local community college, has a small teacher to child ratio, and is play-learning centered. We were able to get into it quickly and it's affordable.

The Toddler recently switched rooms in May and is still adjusting. His new teachers are great but his love for his first teacher has made the adjustment qutie difficult for him. If I could have kept him in that room forever, I would have. Every morning is now a tear-drenched battle to get him out the door. "I just want to say home, Mommy," he says.

To me, the attachment to Serena (money and travel time off the table) would be the deciding factor.



oy. okay. well. I'm about to reveal what I thin...

2007-07-31T08:31:00.000-06:00

oy. okay. well. I'm about to reveal what I think about daycare so I hope I don't offend. You have, up until now, partnered with Serena in raising your child. You've delegated a certain number of your parenting duties to her. and that's been great, it sounds like, because she sounds great, she obviously loves the boy and he loves her, she knows what she's doing, and it's a small enough environment to really give him a lot of attention.

What you're considering is a new partner. The way you describe it here, that new partner is a big faceless institution.

on the model that your daycare provider is a partner in parenting your child, as a mother I would be profoundly less comfortable with Hippie Nursery School. It sounds like it's the same for you. After all, heart and gut say stay with Serena.

coming to my point, your child has an emotional connection with this woman. I don't think you can quantify that. It's an intimate environment. I don't think you can quantify that, either. And, in addition to forming him socially, academically, etc, it's directly forming him into the sort of man who will value and respect people of other cultures and religions. Not that he wouldn't learn that otherwise but here, it's directly happening already. You can't quantify that.

that's what I think, then. Leave him. easy for me to say since I'm spending your money, right? :)