Childcare arrangements: does your child cry when you leave them

Childcare arrangements: does your child cry when you leave them?

Do you leave your toddler with someone else while you just have five minutes to yourself?

Does your child cry when you leave them?

Are you a working mum?

It’s happened to me and its heart-breaking. They reach out to you with their arms as you are leaving, that look in their eyes as if to say:

Mummy, why are you leaving me?

And its awful. And you run out the room so you don’t cry in front of them. I cried in the car the first time. Sobbed into my steering wheel. Must of looked a right snot bag.

You see, I worked.

But it was my choice to go back, I had to have something else. And somehow that made it all the harder for me when my daughter reacted like that. I made her do it…

I went to Florida for a week once. Florida, I hear you say, how lovely!

It was horrible. I was away for a whole week and I missed my baby. It was that trip that made me leave my job and ultimately set up KiddyCharts. Though I wanted to work I wanted more control over when and how.

I ultimately decided to set up KiddyCharts to help mums just like me. I wanted them to be able to try some of the ideas I had about parenting.

When I used childcare with my children, we used pictures on a chart to help my kids understand what was happening to them and when. We built a childcare chart, which KiddyCharts have branded Care 4 Me.

The idea is simple. Children are shown with images who is looking after them and when. No need for words on the chart, the pictures tell the story. My daughter was 18 months when I was in Florida. She wouldn’t have understood anyway.

You can even register free for our site and you can add your own photographs to the childcare arrangement charts too.

The tears were less when we explained with the charts the night before who was looking after my daughter, and later my son. I would be lying if I said they stopped. But they eased.

And so did my mummy guilt. I was doing something positive to help my baby understand what was happening. That made a world of a difference to me as a working parent.

And it still does.

Why don’t you check out our new childcare chart product? What do you think? Could it help you now? Do comment below.

About the author

I'm a mum, a part-time analyst at NelsonHall, and the owner of KiddyCharts, not necessarily in that order, and typically all at once... I have two fantabulus children, Stuntboy and Little Miss Chatterbox, who are the inspiration for my business. They continue to be the driving force of much of what we do in our lives, often when we aren't actually expecting them to be. My long-suffering husband, Brad (ahem), puts up with my rather untidy nature, and haphazard house-keeping (even more ahem) skills. This blog covers my diet coke-induced musings on being a working mum, covering stuff like parenting, reward charts, social media, mummy guilt, which I have a lot of it seems, and anything else that seems relevant or interesting after a shed load of caffeine. I am not trying to be an expert on anything on here, its all about sharing some experiences with a few other people. Hopefully you will find them helpful, interesting, and occasionally they'll bring a knowing smile to your face. So stay for a while, and get to know me, my family and KiddyCharts. Hope you like us all.

One Response to “Childcare: Does your toddler cry when you leave?”

  1. Anna

    Great post! Thanks for sharing this post to us! I really enjoyed reading. Keep posting!

    Reply

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