Saturday, May 15, 2010

Mother's Day Out

Mother's Day Out
Mother's Day Out
Mother's Day Out

Mother's Day Out

Is Mom's Day Out Right for You?

Mom's Day Out program can help you add in some "me time" to your busy agenda each week. They also give your children the chance to interrelate, have fun and even learn.

As a stay-at-home mom, it's simple to feel guilty about dropping off your child to have someone else take care of her when you could be doing it yourself. However, Mom's Day Out can be a high-quality thing for both of you.

When considering a Mom's Day Out program, here are five ways to make your choice easier:

1. Take Your Time
If you're struggling with the decision, now's a good time to take a step back. There's no hurry to get involved in Mom's Day Out.

Just let some time pass and come back to the issue later. As long as the sitting for your child's age isn't full, Mother's Day Out programs generally let you sign up any time of the year. You're not limited to a semester-type enrollment like you would be for school.

2. Ask Other Moms
You're not alone in your feelings of guilt and concern. As a good mom, you can't help but speculate if you're doing the right thing for your child.

Talk to other moms online, through playgroups or chat with moms rank in line at the local grocery store. Ask if their children are involved in a Mom's Day Out program and, if so, which one.

Don't be shy about asking these moms how they made the choice to put their child in Mom's Day Out. They probably had the same concerns you do.

As moms, we love talking about our children and the ongoing challenge we face. Chances are slim you'll upset a mom by ask about her feelings.

3. Evaluate Your Current Schedule
If your main interest in Mom's Day Out is because you're concerned about your child's socialization, take a look at what you're already doing on a daily basis. Are you concerned in a weekly music class for children? Playgroup? Toddler gymnastics?

Everything you're already doing may be more than enough. If you're not quite prepared to be apart from your child, spend the time on a playground, at the zoo or at your local play gym instead. You can also talk to your pediatrician about how much time your child in fact needs to spend with other children at her age.

4. Visit the Mom's Day out Location
You can't possibly make this decision without visiting the Mother's Day Out ability first. When you call to schedule a tour, make sure the person who will be watching your child will be there.

Many of your fears will vanish during your tour. You'll usually find children are in rooms, much like classrooms, based on their ages. Once you see children painting fridge art, playing with toys and listening to stories, you'll get a direct glimpse into how your own child will be treated.

Meeting the program director as well as who will be surveillance your child every week can help you decide if this is a place where you'll feel comfortable send-off your children. Ask them lots of questions. What are their security procedures? What happens if there's a crisis? Do they use corporal punishment?

Don't worry. You're not the first mom to ask this same question. You need to know the answer and they appreciate.

5. Start with One Day
Most Moms’ Day Out programs let you to sign up from one day a week up to five for about four hours each day. Start slowly and take your child once a week.

See how you both like the time apart. You may be amazed at how you're the one that has more of a problem adjusting than your child!

If you're still feeling the mommy guilt, just keep in mind, there's a reason it's called Mom's Day Out and not Child's Day Out. These types of programs are familiar with that mommy hood is hard and you deserve some time for yourself.

The good news is, you won't make a wrong choice here. What you decide to do will be right for you and your family.

No comments: