Last weekend my wife was away at a women’s retreat, leaving me with the girls for two days. We had a great weekend – exhausting with only one parent, yes, but a ton of fun. It was a foretaste, so to speak, of the feast that is to come this summer when Daddy Daycare comes to our house. My CPE Residency ends on May 31, and I will be unemployed. After a week off, I will take our girls out of daycare to care for them myself – no sense in paying for daycare when I’m unemployed for the summer!
And so I thought I was going to be clever and post a picture from the 2003 movie Daddy Daycare with Eddie Murphy. But when I put "Daddy Daycare" into Google image search, the sixth image that appears was this:
The caption on this picture reads, "Like most men, Cash insists he just comes to Hooters for the wings." See the original pic, caption and article over at The Poop: The Chronicle’s Baby Blog.
The girls and I will not be visiting Hooters this summer.
But as I’m only a month away from the end of my CPE program, I’ve been playing around in my head with my Daddy Daycare routine –
- Wake up, watch some cartoons on PBS
- Eat breakfast & get dressed
- Turn off TV
- thinking of a daily routine to turn the TV toward wall – the TV stand is on wheels – or cover TV with a blanket. We will not watch TV all day during Daddy Daycare!
- Go outside
- Take a walk outside, or
- a trip to the local playground (regrettably not in walking distance),or
- a trip to a local county park that has a lake and paved walking/strolling trails in the woods.
- Rain option: trip to library or local mall where that has a wonderful Carousel, a big fountain, and lots of hallways to run through.
- Snack – either at park or at home.
- Arts & Crafts
- Snack, inside play, read stories
- Outside play
Other options: Though one of the goals is to save money, I’m going to look into some programs at the local YMCA. Also, the borough offers a cheap or free summer recreation/arts & crafts program that may be fun for my three year-old.
Any ideas or advice from Dads or Moms who’ve been there, done that? Thanks!