I’m sitting on the very far corner of the couch as I type this as the rest of our couch is drying from our fourth round of cleaning it. Both my little ones got sick and last night my older one threw up ALL over our couch. Poor girl. They are both napping now and surprisingly have been sleeping pretty good despite not feeling well.
This is the first time my 16-month old has ever had a fever or been sick. She threw up on Tuesday night and now has a lingering cold and fever. She seems to be on the upswing but it still very run down and all she wants to do is cuddle mama. I am more than OK with that 🙂
My 2 1/2 year old threw up yesterday evening and is still under the weather, but has managed to hold all her drinks down since yesterday. She doesn’t have a cold or a fever, so I’m hoping this passes soon. Since this week was their first week at daycare, I expected them to get sick since they’re being exposed to more kids and therefore, more germs.
The cons of daycare
The only downside of daycare is them getting sick. Sick kids make life harder on everyone, but I’m sure their immune systems will be stronger as they get older. I’ve heard if kids don’t go to daycare, they will wind up getting all these illnesses when they start kindergarten. While I don’t want my girls to be sick all the time, I’m thinking that this will pass as soon as their little immune systems adjust.
The pros of daycare
Sickness aside, the girls LOVE daycare, especially Cami (my oldest). She is thriving and learning SO much! In just this one week I’ve noticed changes in her speech and communication abilities for the better. She loves seeing her friends a few times a week, talking to the teachers, playing outside, eating lunches, etc. When I picked her up on Wednesday, she cried for a solid 30 minutes because she didn’t want to leave. So on Thursday, I brought her cookies to bribe her back into liking me, haha. But in all seriousness, I love that she’s learning and getting the chance to socialize with kids her age.
Another huge plus – I get some much-needed alone time to work, clean and rest. This is priceless and I really hope this works out for us in the long-run. I’ll be honest, after their first day I was thinking of upping them from three days a week to five (part-time still) so I could have guaranteed time to work each day. So, we’ll see how it goes. Our plan now is to give it one month and see how they do and then make adjustments if needed.
Is daycare worth it financially?
Absolutely, 100% YES! My girls go part-time (roughly 10 hours per week) and we pay $85/week. Before starting them, I asked myself if I thought I could bring in $85 extra each week to make up for the costs. With certainty, I can. Even if there are certain weeks where work is slow (which is bound to happen), I can then focus more of my time on my blog which I hope to one day make an income from. Plus, if work were to get really slow and I couldn’t make up that additional money, it’s an expense that could easily go. We’re not tied to it like we are to our rent, car loan and other bills.
Posts around the web
Switching topics here, I’ve done a few posts on other personal finance sites if you’d like to check them out:
- See Debt Run: How to budget when your income is all over the place
- Color-Me-Frugal: 4 Powerful ways to pay off your debt faster
- brokeGIRLrich: Change your mindset: Focus on earning more money instead of saving it
- The Frugal Farmer: 5 Reasons I’m choosing to stay out of debt
- Stacking Benjamins: Balancing life and a budget
Do you have little ones in daycare? Do they get sick frequently? Any advice is greatly appreciated!
photo credit: flickr via Taber Andrew Bain