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Nannies and Day Care Workers Cannot Replace Parents

Hi Dr. Laura,

I am almost done with reading In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms. I loved what you said about nannies and day care workers not wanting to hire nannies or send their kids to day care because they see firsthand how it affects children.

I am a nanny and have been for 4 years with two different families. I have seen the difficulties of the children I watch with their behavioral issues and separation anxiety and much more. I used to watch a little boy who would cry for me every day when the parents got home and I would leave. I also had another 2-year-old boy who cried out for his mom to stay home because he was sick with a fever. She told him she would be back in a little bit when she got done with work. There were lots of tears that day. The kids don’t want me or anyone else, they just want their mothers. Even though I love the kids I watch, I can NEVER really love them the way their parents love them. I can NEVER really take CARE of them the way their parents take care of them.

I am so glad I have a husband who supports me in wanting to be a stay-at-home mom. He graduates in April and that is when we have decided to start a family. I can’t wait to stay home with my own kids and watch them learn and grow. I can't wait to see and hear the cute and funny things that they do and say. I don’t want to miss anything! Thank you for supporting stay-at-home moms. As I listen to you I feel empowered to try to be the best mom that I can be someday.



Tags: Behavior, Day Care, In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms, Parenting, Personal Responsibility
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