I know the ‘cut-off’ for starting school is different in every state. When I was growing up in Southern California, it must have been the end of October because I was a January birthday, but had friends in my grade who didn’t turn my ‘age’ until October. I was one of the oldest ones.
My husband is the opposite. With a July birthday, growing up in Missouri, he was one of the youngest.
Now my small people, growing up right here where my husband did, are experiencing the same thing. As Summer babies, they are the LAST to have a birthday. We had the choice: hold them back to make them the OLDEST, or let join the grade they qualified for, rendering them amoung the youngest. Academically, they were more than ready, so we couldn’t fathom letting them sit out or repeat another year of preschool. So now, they are some of the smallest in their grades, and admmittedly, I can sometimes see the difference nearly a year can make in maturity.
I know parents take a lot of things into consideration when it comes to making this decision: academics, social maturity and even athletics…. what about you? Were you faced with this decision… and if so, what did you take into account? (and are you happy with your decision?)
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