So I just went back to work 1-2 days a week. My kids will be at the sitter's for no more than 6 hours a week since I'm mostly working afternoon shift and dh will come and pick them up when he's done at work.
The sitter I found is great. Her kids are my kids' ages and she appears to be a gentle mama. Her kids are happy and friendly and very warm toward mine. My kids have been there only twice this past week and they are actually upset this morning because we aren't going over there again until next Tuesday. Adam has his backpack packed already.
I am sort of (silently) hung up on the fact that my kids have been TV-free thus far - Adam is 3 and Sarah is almost 2 - and now that they are going to the sitter's, she has cartoons/movies on quite a bit through the day. She told me yesterday when I picked them up that they watched "The Jungle Book" after lunch.
When I asked the kids what they did all day after we got in he car, they were all excited to tell me that they played outside and played with toys and "smiled at the baby" and ate chicken for lunch ... the movie didn't seem to be a big deal to them.
Rationally, I have made the official decision to keep going with this babysitter since she seems like a terrific mom/sitter and my kids are so happy with her and her family. We're in a small town with no true childcare options, and to have found this woman was a blessing - and I am rationalizing that if all other things are in line, then I need to overlook the TV being on.
I guess I don't know why I'm posting since I have already made the decision to go with her and try to overlook the TV thing, but I just feel like I have worked so hard these last few years, having my kids so close together and living in such an isolating rural town...that being TV-free hasn't been the easiest option for me to take but it is the one that feels philosophically right to me for all of the reasons we've all talked about here in our new subforum.
I just feel kind of disappointed about the fact that my kids are being exposed to it so young - I am not completely anti-TV, but I definitely don't think young children need it at all, and I still feel like my kids belong in that group.
Thanks for letting me vent.