Attachment and daycare
May 16, 2012 2:50 PM Subscribe
Attachment and daycare: how do people do it?
posted by mooselini to Human Relations (31 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Before having baby mooselini I have given little or no thought to the effect of caregiver discontinuity when it comes to emotional development of my child. Now, however, with me returning to work when my daughter will be 6 months in a few weeks, I am faced with lots of unhappy thoughts when it comes to giving her to a full-time daycare.
Will she be able to develop and grow emotionally just as she would if I were to stay home with her indefinitely? Will she still bond with me in the few hours I will have with her in the evenings? Will she still recognize me as her mother even though a strange woman will be addressing her needs while I am away? My google-fu has led me to a number of studies that suggest my absence during her pre-verbal years will stunt her development as a human being with ill effects showing up years later. That's enough for any parent to go bonkers, not just an overprotective mother of one. So, dear mefites, how did you deal with this? Do your babies still love you? Give this mama some hope.