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I Have News For Moms And Dads

Dear Dr. Laura:

I'm 61 and you have unpeeled my life call by call.   I want to back you up on all you say about daycare because I know firsthand what it's like.

When I got dropped off at daycare or at the babysitter's, I felt abandoned, unloved, terribly confused and "less than."  I had gut-wrenching anxiety every day.  Those were the days before car seats, and I would lock myself in the car, so I wouldn't have to get out at the babysitter's.

I have news for you Moms and Dads out there.  The smiles at daycare or at the babysitter's home are dropped after the door closes.  The babysitter really didn't want me either.  It made for some very long, lonely days.  My world was out of control and I was only three years old.

As you can imagine, I ended up looking for love in all the wrong places.  But you can rest assured that when I did get married and had children, they didn't go to daycare or to a babysitter.  It wasn't negotiable.  I was a stay-at-home Mom, who got chastised, criticized, ridiculed, disapproved of, laughed at, and even called "stupid."  I didn't care.  I stayed home with those babies, danced with them, walked with them, examined puddles with them and played in the snow.  Now my babies are grown with babies of their own, and my son has actually thanked me for being a stay-at-home Mom.  That's all the pay I've ever needed and had he never said that I still knew I had done the right thing.

So, keep fighting the good fight Dr. Laura.  We little kids are counting on you!



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Tags: Day Care, Motherhood-Fatherhood, Parenting, Personal Responsibility, Values
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