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The Waiting is the Hardest Part

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New parents often have to wait out the clock until they hear about childcare availability

This month, my daughter turned 4 years old and my son turned 2. In my 6 years of parenting experience (and yes, I certainly double-count the overlapping years), being on a waiting list for childcare was one of the most stressful parts of that experience.

We are fortunate, with two healthy kids, two employed parents, and a quality childcare center in my wife’s office building. Still, sending your child to daycare rolls up many of life’s stresses into one:

  • Who can I trust to care for my child?
  • How will we make the substantial payments?
  • Will my wife be able to transition back to her career easily?
  • … All that added to a general anxiety about everything that seems to accompany being a first-time parent

Added to that list is the uncertainty of it all. We were on a waiting list as soon as we were expecting. Still, as the end of my wife’s planned maternity leave, with a new project starting at work, we still did not know when we would have a spot. It could be tomorrow, or months from now. Although childcare is expensive, so is not working. We needed a solution.

Ultimately, we lucked out in a couple of ways. We found a trusted neighbor who was out of work and had childcare experience. She provided our daughter with excellent care for about a month until we got word that a spot would be available.

Waiting = Stress!

As I have come to know other parents and the managers of my childcare center, I have come to learn that I am not alone. The process is stressful for everyone. This is especially true for childcare center managers who have to communicate daily with stressed-out parents, often 100 or more of them!

That is why we started BumbleBee. We can’t do much about actually providing care, but we can do something about stress. Many of the headaches for parents or caregivers come from managing information… parents want to know where they stand and managers want a handle on the whole picture. Doing so with paper, spreadsheets, phone calls and emails is tough on everyone.

We think there is a better way.

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