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Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow, But All Good Things Must Come to an End

It’s taken me six hours to calm down enough to blog about this. Working parents will understand my sensitivity to the issue . . . It’s perfect for “‘What Into The Hell’ Wednesday.”

This morning, Ben’s day care provider informed me that she will be moving next month. She currently lives about 2 miles away from my house. Her move would add an hour to my commute both in the morning and in the evening.

What into the hell?

I was completely devastated. I’d found her just “in the nick of time” to return to work in October. Those who know me know that when it comes to finding quality day care for my boys, I will stop at nothing to get it, and I’d found exactly what I was looking for when seeking care for Ben. My husband and I like her so much, that I actually spent a good deal of the morning running the numbers on whether or not we could make the commute work. But in the end, it comes down to the already dwindling valuable time that I have to spend with my boys in the evening, and I just can’t spare another hour away.

So I’ll have to say farewell to the provider we love so much. She was honestly too good to be true, and now I have to start a search all over again. I’m sad, but optimistic.

What hurts the most is when I enter “day+care+provider” search strings into Google and find articles from the “holier-than-thou” stay-at-home-moms who preach that women who leave their children with a child care provider during the day in order to work shouldn’t even procreate, which leaves me with feelings of guilt about my current arrangements.

My husband and I both work, Jake is in preschool, and Ben is in day care. Why should I be made to feel bad about that, especially when it’s MY employer that provides the quality and affordable health benefits (100% paid for me, 80% paid for my boys) that other families so desperately try to find?

ARGH.

So, the search for day care begins again. I’ve had a little help from my friends, so hopefully it shouldn’t take too long.

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2 Responses

  1. I know exactly how you feel until the end of the month my wife’s great aunts are watching my daughter, but my company is moving locations so it will be an extra 2 hour drive to take my daughter there, so we have to start looking for a daycare place here in town.

    Eaglehawk

  2. Good luck in your search. I know that my two kids are better after having spent the time in daycare. They get to learn (I’m sure more than if I were to stay home with them), they get to socialize with other kids and they get their illnesses out of the way.

    Don’t be discouraged with your search.

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