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Having a special needs child comes with an extreme level of responsibility, and oftentimes, more expenses. So, what do you do when you have to go to work and need someone to care for your child? I struggled with this for about two years before I couldn't financially stay home with my son any longer. I spent a lot of time looking for information about finding the right child care center for my son and what I could do to prepare him for the transition from home to the center. On this blog you will find tips that can help the process go much smoother for you and your child.


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Making Friends With Other Daycare Parents

by Sid Van Minnen

Should you become friends with the other pre-k parents? Your child just started daycare and you're new to the early childhood social scene. Even though you already have friends, you might need to make a few more. If you're not sure why you should befriend the other parents from your child's daycare class or how to go about doing so, take a look at the top tips for new moms and dads.

Why Become Friends With Other Daycare Parents?

There isn't one answer to this question. Instead, you'll find more than a few benefits in befriending your child's classmate's parents. These include:

  • Personal insider information. As a parent who is new to the center, you want the inside scoop on the best teachers, what to expect from daily activities, and more. Information from other parents can complement the details the center staff provides.

  • Discuss experiences. From separation anxiety at the morning drop-off to potty training and general developmental issues, other parents are real-life resources who you can discuss parenting with.

  • Socialization. This is a benefit for you and your child. Not only can you socialize with your new mom and dad friends, but your child will also get the chance to build social skills during out-of-school playdates with their classmates.

New parent friends are resources that can help you to navigate your child's time in care. But that's not all. These friends can also help you to learn more about local activities for preschoolers, such as camps, dance classes, swimming lessons, or early childhood sports. 

How Can You Become Friends With Other Daycare Program Parents? 

If you're an extremely social person or naturally outgoing, making new friends may seem easy. But if you feel uncomfortable in some social situations or you're just not sure where to start:

  • Join a committee or offer to help. Is there a school party coming up or another similar event? Ask your child's teacher about parent volunteer opportunities. 

  • Schedule a playdate. Does your child already have a favorite friend in daycare? Set up a parent-child playdate that goes beyond a drop-off/pick-up scenario.

  • Attend events. Does the daycare school have a parent's night, school holiday show, or spring play? Even if you don't have time to volunteer to head a committee, you can still meet other parents at school events.

Chances are you aren't the only parent who isn't sure how to introduce themselves or make new friends. Even though you might feel nervous about a new social situation, act as a role model for your child and open yourself up to new experiences or opportunities. For more information, contact a company like ABQ Childcare.