I know, I know… two videos in a row makes me look very lazy. But I swear this is a good one!
I’ve debated in the past with parents who believed that daycare and nannies were just parents’ way of allowing someone else to raise their children. I have been flabbergasted by the belief that sending my son to daycare could be considered anything but a way of parenting my child myself – my parenting decision was just to give him a place to socialize, learn, and negotiate the world outside his front door. (And of course, all those goals can be accomplished by SAHMs, too.)
But my mistake was that I sometimes failed to admit that I wasn’t alone in raising Charlie. Sure, I have his amazing dad. But I also have Miss Angie, Miss Brittany, Miss Jackie, Miss Kate, and the rest of the staff at his daycare who spend every weekday with him. They are our partners – we work together to reenforce rules and lessons at home and at school. They’ve met a lot of kids, so their sound advice is based on years of experience and has often been a source of comfort to a first-time mom like me. My son talks and counts and jumps and hugs and throws his head back to laugh and laugh and laugh. He does all of these things because he’s happy, whether he’s with his parents or at daycare.
It might sound cliche, but the whole “taking a village” thing is pretty accurate. And as our society evolves into something where the definition of family is being expanded to include all of the different ways in which we love and care for each other as people, so should the definition of who is in the village. Charlie knows that I’m his one and only mommy, but that I’m not his exclusive source of comfort, information, and fun.
I can’t thank his teachers enough for letting him know that he’s always supported by people who care. So I’ll just let Amy Poehler do it for me: