As I left them to go to work, I left to the sound of Drew crying. Talk about making a mommy second guess her decision to put the babies into X!Since then, we’ve endured tears, fussiness, runny noses, slightly elevated temperatures, clingy babies, and playground bumps and bruises—all in four days.
Each day at X has brought its challenges, but we are also happy with what the babies have learned so far: lining up for lunch, napping on a cot, playing with others, learning bible stories at chapel, coloring with the color red, finger painting, and using glue to make an apple.
Oh, the things they are learning at school, I mean, X.
Forgive me. I am still trying to find the right name for the place the babies go each day while I work.
Because I like to think the babies are enrolled in more than just daycare or childcare and because the term childhood development center seems too technical for almost fifteen month olds, we were calling their new home during the day, “school.”
As I am relating the trials and tribulations of this first week of “school” to a dear friend of mine this morning, she suggests we think of a word other than school to use. She shared a story of a friend going through similar childcare struggles who had an epiphany when she realized how much her little ones were fighting “school” and they weren’t even in kindergarten yet. If she didn’t quit calling that place school, she was going to ruin the real thing for her kids before they even got started. She was going to have to come up with something more creative to fool the little ones and to save the reputation of school since she had at least 13 years to fight them over the real thing.
So, in the interest of not giving school a subconsciously negative connotation to the babies, we are in the process of renaming the institution formerly known as school.
For now, it is just the symbol X. Since we leave in a world where spin is everything, we are looking for a new word that will spin this X thing into something way cool to toddlers. Here’s what we’ve rejected so far. Feel free to add your best suggestion for a new name for X.
Child development center
The room with all the toys
The place you go to play and learn while mommy and daddy work
The place with finger paint and glue
The place with the color red
The place with the food you like
The place where people change your diapers on a schedule
The place where you have your name on a chair
The room with the nice ladies
Bonus room that doesn’t belong to daddy
The place where you like to fall and bump your head
The place that cannot be named