Monday, July 9th, 2012
“We’re home!” Jack said as we pulled into the parking lot of his daycare last Friday.
Sure, he doesn’t yet understand the difference between the words “home” and “here” yet, but what if it was a Freudian slip?
I put the pen to the paper, then used a calculator to check my less than awesome math skills. My number-crunching revealed to me that Jack is at daycare for 45 waking hours each week.
Contrast that to the 38 waking hours he’s home with Mommy and Dada.
We the parents have 7 less hours with our son each week than KinderCare. I’m letting that though settle in right now.
He’s been going to daycare for almost a year now and I’ve just never realized that paid professionals technically know our kid better than we do.
But like most parents, we don’t have a choice, financially.
On the positive side of it, we’re very aware of how confident, independent, and knowledgeable he is for his age.
It’s not up to us; he has to go to daycare.
But tomorrow I’ll get a taste of what it would be like to be a stay-at-home dad, or househusband: Jack had a fever of nearly 102 when I picked him up from KinderCare today.
However, on the car ride home and after dinner he was more hyper than ever. I don’t believe he’s actually sick.
So even if he’s perfectly healthy tomorrow, by policy of his daycare I can’t take him in. My wife has taken off more than her share of “sick days” from work on account of Jack having a fever. Now it’s my turn.
I will see what it’s like to actually take care of my own kid all day while my wife works. By today’s culture and standards, that’s hardly ironic. Yet still, I have little experience staying home with him all day when, technically, I should be out working.
The title of this reminds me of just how ridiculous it is that both of us parents have to work full-time to keep our own kid in daycare; where the daycare workers will spend more time with him than we do.
Ridiculous, yet normal.
We’re happily married but it feels like we have legal custody of our own child but with limited visitation rights.
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