It is something I have always thought about, but never asked. We have put our kids into kindergarten/nursery even though my wife doesn't work. We decided that the benefits for our children outweighed the negatives. I believe that it makes the kids more sociable, teaches them to share, and to operate responsibly socially.
The negatives are there, of course; I love the fact my kids benefitted from having mum at home all the time (nursery was always part time), but they always seemed ill for 6 months, which meant I had to suffer more and more ridiculous illnesses, costs are obviously high now (up to £1200 pounds per month) and there's a lot of anxiety to start with on both sides.
We are literally dropping our thirsd child any day now, and I want to ask myself it is really is the right thing to do. It feels quite mean to do it, with mum home all the time, but I am sure there are great benefits.
Whats your take on it?