Do you mind if I rant for a bit? No? Ok, good because I was going to anyway.
For the first 6 months of Peanut’s life, my husband worked from home and so he was able to take care of her while I worked. Recently, he had to get a job outside of the home (I’ll probably do a lot more posts about this since it was a pretty big deal and one of the most stressful things I’ve ever been through) and we were scrambling for childcare. And when I say scrambling, I mean he got offered the job on Friday afternoon and they wanted him to start on Monday morning. So we had two days to figure out what to do and in that time I did more Googling on childcare than anybody ever should.
Our first thought was a daycare center….and this is where my rant begins. Every single daycare center we looked at closed at 6pm. Now, I realize that there is still very much a mentality that we’re all ona 9-5 schedule but I gotta tell you, I don’t know a single person that leaves work at 5pm. Not one. I certainly don’t and neither does my husband. In fact, in my business, I’m lucky to even be on a day shift. And from what people have told me, these daycare centers are really strict about parents picking their kids up on time or else. (What the ‘or else’ is, I have no idea but it sounds menacing enough to scare me off.) In order to pick The Nut up by 6pm, I’d have to leave work no later than 5:30 and that just ain’t happening.
What the heck? How are parents supposed to do this? I’d be interested to hear from you all…do you have a 9-5 schedule? Am I just in the minority and my indignation is unjustified? How do you deal with childcare?