Big day tomorrow. Tess’s first day of childcare. She’s been visiting the centre for weeks, but each time with one of us to hand. This time we drop her off, make up her bed, say our goodbyes and leave.
Will I be shedding a tear or two throughout the day? Yes
Will disaster scenarios be playing out in my head all day, the main one being that Tess loses her contact and no one notices and she can’t see and is frightened? YesYesYesYesYesYes
Will I be thinking of that magazine article I just read that said that small children can be harmed by poor-quality childcare? Yes
Will I be wondering whether there was a control study done about the harmful impact of poor-quality parenting while stressed out and sleep-deprived?
Will I be calming myself about the fantastic centre the girls go to, the wonderful carers, the fact that Rose and Tess will be together, and the fact that Tess is now 15 months old and only going two days a week? Yes
Will I feel incredibly lucky that I have finally found the right mix of family life and work? YesYesYes!
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