Three Things I’ve Learned from my Daughter’s Day Care Experience

I wrote this last year, and since pasukan again tomorrow, I think it’s timely to finally share this!

Cinnamon has been attending the day care since June, and since then, I have come to many realizations, and here are the top three:

1. Day care is the first ultimate test of a child’s independence and the parents’ patience.

During the first week of the class, all parents were allowed to accompany their kids inside the premises of the day care. All kids, including my daughter, were new to the place, and the presence of the parents made this a bit lighter. On the third day of classes, parents were asked not to join their kids anymore, and this was when things started to get crazy.

Most kids did not want to enter without their parents, of course this included my daughter. We had to endure the pasok sa classroom – labas si mommy/daddy – after a few second lalabas si baby, umiiyak scene over and over again until one party was tired and gave up. These kids were just twos and threes (age), and perhaps that moment were their first time to be on their own (even when the parents were just outside the room!) Some parents would scold their kids. Some parents would threat saying, “Si hinde ka entra, rabya si teacher!” Some parents would bribe: “Kumpra yo Jolibee lego.” And some, which includes us, would stare, sigh, and beg, “Sige naaa… Pumasok ka na duuuunnn…”

2. It pays to condition your kid about going to school.

Because of the third day hullabaloo, Edison (my husband) and I decided that we would talk to Cinnamon about school every chance we get at home. We would simply tell her, “What will you do tomorrow? Go to school, right?” Then she would say “Yes!” We would also say, “Tomorrow you’ll go inside with Teacher Noemi, okay?” “Okay, Mommy,” she’d reply.

With these small talks, we were able to condition her, and with God’s grace, she now enters the room alone and stays there! 🙂

3. Discipline is not the day care’s primary role; it is the parents’. They are just for help.

In her one month stay in the day care, we’ve seen all sorts of brat kids. Not that I loathe them (sometimes the brattiness could be really funny and cute), but it speaks volume about the kid and the manner of raising them. I’m not here to say that my kid is better than the others because at some points, she’s not, but I’m here to say that the day care is not where discipline begins because when they get there, they should have the idea of what it is, which should be done by the parents at home.

Day care is already the avenue to showcase the discipline, and this is only the place that would hone this through teaching them how to interact with other kids and the teachers.

Overall, our first month day care experience has been amusing, and we’re glad we decided to enroll Cinnamon. Not only does the day care made me realize these, it also helped my daughter get along with other people, which we believe would be helpful for her socialization. 🙂

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