To Preschool Or Not To Preschool: That Is The QuestionBeth Anne Ballance
Ten years ago, I thought my biggest challenge would be picking a college. Picking the place where I would study and give my future career wings. A school where I would be proud to attend and find success in my educational pursuits. Sifting through brochures and campus tours, I knew I faced the hardest choice ahead in picking a university.
I only found it difficult because preschool was not on my radar quite yet.
When I first returned to work, we chose a nanny for his childcare. Our nanny is my little sister and the circumstances were perfect — she needed a day job so she could attend class at night, while I needed someone I trusted to watch my son. It has been an amazing two years of working together to raise Harrison and the relationship they share is so heartwarming. One-on-one throughout the day, I trust that all of Harrison’s needs are met quickly and that he receives her undivided attention. I heard for months that a nanny was a great second choice to me being home, but now I wonder if I’m doing my son a disservice with all the one-on-one action.
Is he falling “behind” socially with only the occasional playdate on the weekends? When he gets to kindergarten, how will he know to sit on the carpet square for story time? Will he be too dependent after years of one-on-one? Would he potty train faster among peers?
And then, once we do decide to enroll into preschool…which one? The pricey, fancy building with little toddler yoga and field trips and fresh-from-the-bakery organic snacks? Or the homespun church class with Goldfish and Bible time that fits more like a Moms Morning Out? Or the Montessori school with small classes and play and nurturing the creative heart?
I know that to make the decision, I will need to visit each little school and take into account what fits Harrison best — where he will grow and flourish — all while weighing in cost and driving distance. See, it really is just like choosing a university.
Did you decide to preschool? What swayed your decision? What type of preschool did you pick? Any tips?
P.S. I ended up attending UNC-Greensboro and being extraordinarily happy. Let’s hope I do as well picking a preschool!
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