Guest Post by Molly from Motherhood Unplugged.
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Let me start by saying I love my children and I love spending time with them. But do you know what – I also love spending time away from them. Not so much for me, it is not so that I can go and get my nails done or so I can drink a coffee whilst it is still hot (oh how I miss hot coffee) but it is more for them.
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I have found that when I let my children have time away from me, not only do they have a super amount of fun but it has also helped tremendously with their development and their growth.
I have two children and there are a number of times that they do things without me and spend time with other people. They both love going to their grandparent’s house and spending time with them. Sometimes they go together and other times they will go on their own to get that quality time with their grandparents.
My daughter also attends childcare two days per week and the development that I have seen in her since the beginning has been amazing. She has come so far with her skills, development and personality.
I have seen growth and changes in both my children through them being able to experience things without me and being able to spend time with other people.
My 5-year-old son has begun to show a lot more confidence in new situations, he is able to speak up and express himself a lot better and explain what he wants or needs. He is able to identify the different situation and handles himself well within it. Being in a different environment there are going to be differences in the routines that he is exposed to and he has learned how to handle these changes, except that there are differences and still be able to stick to his normal routine once he returns home.
His independence and confidence have gone through the roof and he is now a very expressive little boy.
With my daughter attending childcare, it was hard at first. We struggled with separation anxiety (on both sides) but now? She pretty much ushers me to leave as soon as we have walked into the Centre. She has learned that other people are able to help her and that they will be there for her. She has also learned that she can be safe and happy when I am not there and continue to enjoy herself. She has also learned a range of new skills at childcare and is able to show her confidence and independence in her activities.
The thought of leaving my kids with someone else for the first time scared me. I didn’t want to leave them and have them upset that I am not around. However now that I have seen how beneficial it has been for them, I am glad I did it. It has helped them in so many ways – and yes I do get to have that hot coffee?