Deciding to send your child to daycare can be a very difficult and emotional decision for a new parent. We want our children to grow up in an environment that is nurturing and loving, and also educational. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I didn’t know how I felt about daycare, and I was extremely worried about the whole process. But when my daughter was 10 months old, she entered a full-time daycare program.
Now, my daughter is six years old and about to begin first grade in just a few weeks. Today is her last full day at The Goddard School in Fanwood where she has been a student for the past 3 years. I have tears in my eyes just thinking about this, because everyone there has become part of our extended family. The teachers at this school are wonderful. Not only are they smart, kind and have a ton of patience, but you can tell that they truly enjoy their jobs. They have provided an educational, fun and happy environment for my daughter, and it’s been amazing to watch her learn and grow over the last few years.
For a little girl that was once very shy and timid, she now acts like the mayor of the school saying hello and good-bye to every child and knows almost every child in the school by name. Over the years she not only learned to read, but also learned sign language, Spanish, and so much more.
She has built incredible and adorable friendships, and paved the way for me to make amazing new friends with the other moms at the school. I often feel that family life is filled with craziness and chaos, and it’s wonderful to have friends that share similar experiences and can help you laugh and smile through it all.
Today’s post is a thank you to the amazing staff at The Goddard School, the adorable girls and boys that have been my daughter’s classmates, and the wonderful mothers and fathers of those adorable children. Thank you for everything you have done to bring numerous smiles, giggles, and happiness to our lives and for being a part of our daughter’s childhood.
Looking back on the last few years, I know that sending our daughter to daycare was a good decision. It was heartbreaking when she was a few months old, but it’s just as heartbreaking now to see her say good-bye to the amazing people that have been a part of her life.