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The day my first child was
born, I held on to 7 pounds, 5.5 ounces of perfection and cried. I cried tears of
joy, tears of fear and, yes, even tears of guilt. I was all too aware in those
first few moments of my son’s life that at the end of my six-week maternity
leave, I’d be leaving him in the care of strangers. It was official; my back-to-work
countdown had begun. I’d had nine months to get used to why I’d have to leave my son in day care; what I hadn’t come to
terms with was how I was going to be
able to do it.
In what could only be
described as a lightning bolt of maternal clarity, I gazed upon my baby boy and
instantly knew that the day care center I’d chosen was the wrong fit for my
We needed more than just a
center to watch our baby. We needed a second family to love and provide for our
son when we couldn’t be there. As new parents, my husband and I needed a
support system of care and experience. With minimal maternity leave and the
limited resources of any young family, I became a mother on a mission, determined
to secure a loving day care for my son.
With a little bit of
research, gobs of determination and a hint of serendipitous fate, I was able
to find my infant son an environment that not only welcomed our family with
open arms, but also one that provided the quality of care my son so obviously
There’s no doubt that choosing
the perfect day care for your family can be an overwhelming experience. From the
guilt of leaving your child in another’s care, to the fear of missing even a
moment of magic, the right child care center can not only ease your fears, but provide
an enriching experience for the whole family.