Tips For Working Parents: Infants to 3 Years
It can be tough to leave a baby or preschooler and go to work. You may worry how your child will do or feel guilty about leaving him or her in someone else's care. But all parents share certain concerns whether they go to work or not.
It Can Be Hard to Leave Your Baby
It is normal to have a sharp feeling of loss when you and your baby must part. Babies are very dependent on adults. They depend on us for food, comfort and stimulation. They also depend on us for love and security. So, it's natural for parents to feel a huge sense of attachment to their baby.
Feeling Better About Child Care
You have done the legwork of checking licenses, policies and references. You've met and like the caregivers and setting. You feel you have chosen well. Even still, it can be hard to leave your baby with a child care provider. It's common to feel that no one can take care of your baby as well as you. You may worry that the child care you have chosen is not good enough. But, it may help you to imagine your baby spending the day with the caregiver. Picture them playing together. Imagine how they will interact. Picture where they might go during the day. It will help to imagine your baby having a nice day with the caregiver. If this is difficult, get to know your caregiver better. This can help you develop a trusting relationship.
When It’s Time to Go to Work
You may get upset and have trouble leaving for work. If your baby cries, you may feel worse. There are ways to ease this separation anxiety. Say good-bye to your baby in a soothing voice. Tell him or her that you will come home at a certain time. Even at a young age, your child will understand your tone of voice. This will help you establish trust and a basis for lifelong communication.