12 months ago I was sobbing my heart out as Charley was about to start nursery and the very thought of being apart from her broke my heart , now 12 months later I am taking her out of nursery and once again my heart is breaking as I am not sure how I’m going to cope with a toddler running around all day . My decision to quit my day job was brave but my decision to take Charley out of nursery is the bravest thing I will ever do.
I may have been a mummy for 5 years but this is unknown territory.I have always worked & my children have always gone to nursery. How do you entertain a toddler 10 hours a day while trying to set up a new business from home? The root of this decision is money. While I am finding my feet in a new career and will be at home anyway it only seemed sensible to cut our outgoing and save the £500 a month we spend on childcare to go towards the household bills. I want to clarify here that I am a huge advocate of nursery and truly believe that it benefits a child’s social & education needs by attending one. The nursery both Charley & Harry attended is exceptional and it was a huge relief when I went back to work to know they were being looked after by a team of highly trained and caring professionals ( most of them mums themselves ) but however much it breaks my heart to take her out of such a great place I need to face reality and put the money to better use. This is going to be a totally different lifestyle for me, one where power suits and high heels are not needed. It’s going to be an adjustment for everyone.I am sure there will be days I will wish I was on the train to London to wine & dine a big client but the one thing I have missed out on while climbing this corporate ladder is seeing my babies grow up. No matter how many pictures I get from the nursery of Charley’s day or watching a clip of Harry’s school play I couldn’t attend, I will never get those moments back. I know I can’t be here 24/7 but just to have the choice is going to be worth the headaches I am about to get while listening to a 2-year-old tantrum all day. I will 100% be utilising the 30 hours free childcare we will get when Charley turns 3 years old but for now, to save money she will be at home with me and we will be joining the Mummy & Toddler group circuit again ( Lord give me strength )
How do you entertain your toddler when they are at home with you? Do you run a business and look after your child at the same time? Comment below