Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Late to the Party: The MDO Search

I've been going back and forth on whether or not I wanted to send Eli to Mother's Day Out in the fall. I want him to have more socialization with kids his age and to learn new things, but I love having him at home with me.  And if I send him, I can have a couple of days a week to have some one-on-one time with Ethan too.

Where we live, it seems like everyone sends their kids to Mother's Day Out as soon as the child is old enough.  If I kept Eli at home, would he be behind?  Or is he too young to start going to "school"?   Those are the two questions I keep asking myself.

After much debate and discussion with Fred, I decided to bite the bullet and call around to a couple of places.  Little did I know that there would be waiting lists in April.  The programs don't start until September, but there are already waiting lists.

I want to send him somewhere convenient to home, where he'll have a good curriculum, and somewhere where he can play outside.  As silly as that sounds, Eli loves to be outside and I am a firm believer that kids should be outside having fun.

So far, I've visited two places and fell in love with one, but we're second on the waiting list there.  I ended up knowing several teachers there.  It felt like home, but we have to wait our turn.  I have appointment to look around with two other programs next week.  Honestly, I feel like we're going on college tours.

Who knew sending your not even two year old child would be such hard work? I just keep praying God will show us the right program for us.


Bama Girl in AZ said...

I think you will be very happy with this decision. I'm sure you'll get in, being 2nd on the list sounds pretty doable. Having always worked outside of the home, my daughter has been in childcare since she was 9 weeks old and it certainly makes children advanced for their age - in my opinion -- in a good way! Walking well before 1, better speech, etc. Plus it's just fun for them!

Sarah said...

Such a tough parenting decision! I definitely think it's good for kids to get exposure to other adults/kids/environments. Not only does it help them developmentally, it eases the transition to when they start a M-F school. There are definitely challenges (yes, he will get sick), but there are WAY more positives!

Locally, I know Hope Church has a GREAT program (I subbed there for a few years). There are some really great options- I'm sure y'all will find one that is perfect!

Meredith said...

I hear ya girl, I had Millie on two waiting list and one as at the same MDO that my nephew goes to and I'm glad my sister put me on the list when she did.. We love it there and it's close to my house so score!!! Good luck, I've loved having her at MDO two days a week. I love all the crafts she comes home with.. I've saved every daily record sheet and every paper, craft, etc., that she's made... i'm doing one box a year and dating it so that she'll have these little keepsakes for ever. Yes, I am that sentimental Mom. lol

amber said...

We don't have mother's day out programs where I live. However, I'm in a moms group where we go to weekly play dates so there is a lot of socialization there. Also, we have meetings twice a month, do service projects and Moms nights out. this could be your back up plan if he doesn't get in

Emily J. said...

Sorry to say this, but I don't think it's going to get any easier as they grow up! Because I work out of the house full time, I've had to find daycare for my kids, and it's rough, so I can imagine that MDO is the same way! We've been lucky when it comes to waiting lists, I haven't had to deal with many of those, just one for my daughter. Good luck on you search and you're right to pray about it, God will lead you down the right path!

Kristen Smith said...

We have Morgan on the waiting list for a new daycare...and we have been on the waiting list since November :( I hope you don't have to wait as long as we have!

Courtney said...

I felt the same way! My oldest started at 3 and my youngest started when he was 2--it was stressful getting into the school I wanted (waiting list!) but they thrive in it and develop sweet friendships, social skills, learn to take direction from teachers, so many wonderful things. It has been great for us--hope it is for you!

Delta Daisies said...

I can only imagine!!!

Leslie said...

Memphis is HARD CORE about MDO, private schools, etc.! The waiting lists and decision making were overwhelming to me. We ended up waiting until we moved to OKC to start Riggs (it's also a lot cheaper here...bonus!), so he was just over 2. He has been in it ever since and loves it. I really did enjoy the one-on-one time with Rhett. Rhett started at 9 months when I started adjunct teaching, so now I have Tuesdays for working and Thursdays for errands/appointments. Works out really well. Don't stress...the perfect place will work out just right!

Lindsey said...

Oh girl, I have been going through the same things. I LOVE having Adeline at home with me but I feel she will be so behind if I don't put her in some kind of "school". She has asked to go to school for the past year but I haven't wanted to venture down that road. I think this fall we will be putting her in a two day a week mother's day out near us. She LOVES the bible study we go to every Wednesday and craves that time playing with friends. I think MDO will be the perfect fit for us. Good luck with the search, it can be overwhelming.... you should see all my lists with each place and prices, curriculum etc... I am a list girl for sure :)

Brittany said...

New follower and your boys are PRECIOUS!!! While I am a working mom and my son goes to daycare (I call it school) I feel like the process is so similar. I'm due with a little girl in mid-July and contemplated moving my son from his current place because infant care there is SO expensive and I didn't want to have to do two drop offs in the morning. However, we decided that they will both go there because he just loves it so much and so do we and he is learning SO much it amazes me with their curriculum and teachers and all his cute friends. Good luck on getting in the school of your choice - the waiting list process is brutal, but like you said, it will all work out in the end!!!

Laura@Cowboy Boots said...

DUDE those mdo must be fantastic....we just walked in and signed up here...granted the kids were 3 at the time...haha
the younger 3 though have never been away from home so i never tried. lily and reid are the outdoors too....i worked at a private school in college and it was based outside most of the days. the outside of this school was amazing. looked like a forest with tons of fun things to do. i always felt peace there!

Mr. and Mrs. G! said...

I feel like we are going through the same process for childcare and I'm not due until July. There are already waiting lists for next December, we are keeping our LO home until at least 6 months old. It is crazy!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I hope you get the one you're really wanting!

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