Since we've moved London had to move to a new day home/care situation. Because her birthday is at the end of August she can't start kindergarden until next year even tho I'd love for her to start today and be empowered with knowledge.
It was gruelling, we searched high and low for a good fit we probably talked to or saw 15+ places. Some were horrific some sounded okay. Then we found One in Highland Park area less than 10 minutes from home. Perfect, right? NOT!
London came with me initially when I met The women who ran this place, she played for a few hours with the kids while I was there observing. It felt okay. The parents seemed happy enough but how do you really tell?
First sign: She was annoyed about me changing my mind on London's start day even tho I'd phoned Her and told her that she wasn't going to start until the Tuesday as I was going to finish off the month at Jens. What does it matter I'd already put down my hefty deposit for the full time spot starting April first and I'd left a message letting her know.
Second sign: London was crying so hard from the time she would wake up. She didn't want to go. She'd cry at night about not wanting to go. I was chalking this up to the move. Jeff was out of town this first week of April the new day home. Just so many factors.
Third sign: we would both be crying when going. Poor London Jean and mom. Mona would tell her not to cry that she was a big girl. She's only 2.5 years old. Poor bugs. She would roll her eyes at me when London and I were having a rough morning. Me not wanting to leave her and her not wanting to stay.
To make a long story short, we had to jail brake her out of there. The women kept saying we were to kind to our daughter and needed to be cruel to be kind - not the other way around - crazy I know. She wouldn't give us back our money deposit nor the payment for the first month well she was only there 8 days and we paid for a month and a half..
Eight days was enough to know that that wasn't the right fit for London, she was loosing her spark and we weren't handling it well either...go with our gut instinct and get her out of there.
We moved her a better-safer place. We all feel better. Huge sigh of relief...
Have you heard of KidsU it all started with an idea that kids need education in their first 2000 days instead of a daycare/dayhome scenario...so after this horrible experience up above, we need a different option and we found an amazing place with KidsU.
Not sure if she didn't want her picture taken or if she was looking at something but I just love that her backpack is almost as big as her - adorbs!