In this day and age, sending kids to daycare or playgroup is a trend, but I don’t believe in this trend. I am a freelance photographer and I only work on weekends. When I am working, my husband takes care of our boy. I don’t believe in sending my child to daycare/playgroup at such a tender age. It’s not like that we can’t afford to, but it’s about our choice. My husband gave me the option and I decided to be a stay-at-home parent. Maybe, I am an old-fashioned mother but I am happy that I get to spend quality time with my son. We eat together, play together, study together, and have fun! This is my funda of parenting.
Think about the good old days, when we were children. In those days, sending kids to playschool or daycare was not common, and our parents raised us on their own successfully. Our parents were our first teachers and our homes were our preschool. We helped our parents in household chores, we set up mini-kitchens just outside our mothers’ big kitchens, played hide and seek, hopscotch, and ludo with our siblings and friends. We read comics and had so much. Televisions and mobile phones were not the means we learned from, but life was fun!
I am very happy that I am raising my child in the same old-fashioned way. I regularly take my child to a park so that he gets to explore the world freely and learn new things. We both love cycling so we make sure we ride bicycles. We run around butterflies and when we come back home we have so much to talk about.
When my child was only a month old, we took him to his first-ever bookfair and bought lots of storybooks for him. I remember narrating stories to him and he loved listening to them. Now he enjoys and appreciates the fact that I introduced books to him at an early age. Now, books are his best friends and he loves reading stories to me. My husband and I are art lovers and both come from a creative field so naturally, our child enjoys going to art exhibitions with us. Our weekend getaways are zoos, museums, bird sanctuaries, etc. That’s how we are teaching our child and preparing him for formal schooling.
I believe a parent is the first teacher and home is where a child learns basic things. By teaching children at home and spending time with them helps strengthen the bond between parents and kids. Parents also learn more about their kids. Sending kids to daycare is not mandatory, think rationally then decide. If one parent or grandparent is at home to look after the child, then why send the child to daycare at an early age, and not give him other better options!
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