Are the benefits of preschool really worth it? Should a child go to preschool to be prepared for kindergarten?

Choosing whether to send a child to preschool is a personal choice that can be very hard to make. Preschool offers a young child benefits but it can be cost prohibitive for many families. Sometimes preschoolers are begging to begin attending school and others are just as happy to stay home. It can be confusing to decide what is the best decision for your child and your family. This guide will review the pros and cons of preschool to help determine if preschool is right for your child.

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My decision not to send my daughter to preschool

I had decided not to send my daughter to preschool. Part of my decision was I will admit purely selfish. I didn’t want to let her go. Kids are home for such a short time and once school starts it never ends until they’re out of the house. Logistically I knew it would also be difficult. I would still have my son at home so it wouldn’t buy me time to get things done. Plus dropping and picking her up would require that I put them in and out of their car seats 8 times in the span of 2 ½ hours. Not something I can’t conquer but not a thought I relished. If my husband were to take her then he’d have to come back home to switch cars or else we’d need to buy a new car seat for his car.

Part of my decision was financial. I had done research about whether it was worth sending your child to preschool. I found that it did benefit a child but it was in areas that I felt I was already providing for my daughter. (I will cover these benefits in detail later) Studies show that whether a child attends preschool or not doesn’t affect how they would later do in school academically. It seemed if it wasn’t going to give her that edge then it really wouldn’t be worth the large expense. I already had her involved in playgroups to socialize her and felt the money would be better spent saved for college or for extracurricular activities.

The other part of my hesitation was I wasn’t sure whether she would be ready. She was used to being with me everyday all day. She’s always been very bonded to me and I figured she’d rather be home with me. It turns out I was wrong.

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"A child educated only at school is an uneducated child." -George Satayana

Tools to teach your child at home

Whether you decide to send your child to preschool or not, teaching them at home will give them a leg up when they do start to attend school. It will also help to reinforce what they're learning if you do end up sending them. It's important to teach the value of education and learning early on.

My daughter's decision to go to preschool

I honestly don’t know where her obsession with school began. I once pointed out the elementary school she’d be going to and told her that would be her school someday. She’d gotten excited about that so maybe that’s where it all started. Whatever the reason around when she turned 3 she started asking to go to school. She’d talk about school buses, teachers and friends. We’d had a hard time potty training her and she was still having frequent accidents with number 2. My patented response when she’d ask about school was, “you can’t go until you go poo-poo on the potty EVERY time.” She started asking after using the potty if now she could go to school. One day I realized I couldn’t remember her last accident. Potty training had been a long tough road. I had bribed her with treats, toys, activities you name it. The incentive that worked in the end was school.

When I had made my statement about going every time I don't honestly think it really clicked that someday she would actually be fully potty trained. Yet I’m a strong believer that if you tell your child something either in regard to reward or punishment you HAVE to follow through. So I had left myself no choice.

I asked her what type of school she wanted to go to and she said, “A happy one.” I promised we’d find her just that. I did research and received recommendations from friends. I took her along with me to tour. The first one we visited she didn’t want to leave. I asked her if this one was happy and she agreed that it was. We signed her up that day. I admit I cried the entire way home because I wasn’t ready for this. But the important thing is that she was.

When she goes to bed at night she asks if she gets to go to school tomorrow. Every morning she wakes up excited and the first thing she asks is if she’s going to school. If I mention she has school the next day she’ll squeal with delight. She cheers when we pull into the parking lot. She’s a happy girl when I pick her up. She wrote her name after going only 3 days. She seems to learn and change by the day. Ultimately my decision to not enroll her in preschool would have been wrong for her. I’m just glad she knew better. Maybe not every child would be this same way but for my daughter every last cent, inconvenience or otherwise has been totally worth it because it makes her happy.

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Benefits of Preschool

There are additional benefits that researchers’ state preschool education provides. Children who attend preschool are more likely to read, graduate from high school, and go to college. They are less likely to be arrested or need public assistance as adults.

Children who attend preschool are better prepared for kindergarten. I have several friends who were/are kindergarten teachers and they all agree that they can definitely tell which kids have attended preschool and which ones haven’t.

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Preschool teaches a child to:

Note: These lessons are in addition to the educational benefits a child receives such as learning to write, count, etc.
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    Follow directions
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    Take turns
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    Interact with other children
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    Be away from their primary caregiver

Growing and Learning in Preschool- How to Pick the Right Preschool

Discusses the benefits of preschool as well as the qualities a good preschool should possess.

The high cost of preschool and early education programs

According to a report by Pre-K Now, the cost of early education programs has increased double the rate of inflation. From 1996 to 2006 overall prices went up by 30% while the cost of early education and care rose by 60%. The report also stated that these programs often are one of the top two or three costly household expenses above food, healthcare and even in-state college tuition.

The cost for my daughters preschool works out to be $10/hour. In the end I came to the conculsion that it was worth the expense. However that’s as much as many people make in an hour in which case I think it would be very hard to justify spending that kind of money. It’s a personal decision that every family has to make for themselves.

Tip: If the cost of a private preschool is just too high, check out the public school system and see if they offer pre-k in your area. This typically still has a cost though there may be free options for lower income families. Additionally the cost for everyone typically works out to be much less than a private preschool, often as low as half the expense.

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Decision to send your child to a preschool or early education program

The biggest reason to skip preschool is the high expense. If it’s something you can afford overall it’s going to benefit your child and it certainly won’t hurt them. However if you can’t afford the high cost of a formal early education program there are things you can do for your child at home. Medical professionals and educators agree that ages 3-5 are crucial years in terms of a child’s development and education. Spend structured time at home preparing your child academically by using worksheets and teaching basic lessons. Socialize your child with other children (that are not related to them) whether it is through a playgroup, with neighbors or your friend’s children.

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Preparing your child for preschool

If you make the decision that preschool is right for your child and family the first decision will be to determine when to send to send child to pre school and what preschool age is the right age. Some children start preschool as early as the age of two however the traditional age is four years old. That gives them one year to prepare for kindergarten. If cost is an issue then age four really is enough time to help your child adjust and give them an edge. Going earlier than that can be fun for a child but it’s not necessarily going to provide that much more benefit. If your child is asking to go to school and money isn’t an issue than anything after two is great. However don’t feel bad if you need to have your child wait until they’re four. Another factor in determining the age to send your child to preschool is are they potty trained? Some preschools will require that kids are potty trained before attending and others will not. If the school you want has such a requirement then preschool may be postponed if your child is not yet going on the potty by themselves on a consistent basis.

Once your child is enrolled in preschool there are certain things you can do to help prepare them for the change that’s about to occur in their life. The first step is talking with them and explaining what to expect. Highlight all the fun aspects such as making new friends, learning new things, getting to know teachers, doing lots of arts and crafts, etc. However also be sure to explain the expectations such as raising your hand, standing in line and being respectful to teachers and other students.

Get your child involved in the process by letting them pick out a backpack or buy any required supplies they might need. Let them select the outfit they’d feel most comfortable in for their first day.

Take your child to the preschool before their session starts to see what it also about and maybe even play and explore. Oftentimes parents will find that their child doesn’t want to leave and is excited to return. This can also be a good step before even picking a preschool so you can see where your child feels most comfortable.

Reading books about going to preschool is also a great way to prepare your child. It can help clarify the expectations and what’s in store for them.

How do you feel about preschool?

Will you / Did you send your child to preschool?

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  • Andromachi Mar 20, 2014 @ 6:32 pm
    I don't know how my son will react when the time will come. We will see.
  • Andromachi Mar 20, 2014 @ 6:31 pm
    My daughter who is now 8 didn't go to preschool.She was extremely attached to me. When the time had come to send her there she wanted me to stay there with her and after I had left she cried and cried untill the teachers called us to take her home. Then she also started peeing everywhere even though she had learnt to use the bathroom. So after discussing with our pediatrician she told us that was a reaction to the preschool and if i stop pressuring her she will stop peeing and she also told me it isn't necessary for her to go there because she already was very sociable and afterall I didn't have to work outside home. So i kept her home.
  • jsr54 Mar 04, 2014 @ 6:03 pm
    Yes and No! I have 5 children. The first two went to preschool and it did them a world of good. The second two saw what the older children were doing and mimicked them during homework time so I used it as a good teaching tool. They started school in Kindergarten. The last one was much younger than everyone else so yes, she went to preschool, in addition to her having a late birthday. There are SO many factors to look at in this decision. P.S. I teach early childhood music and can see so many benefits from my work!
  • May 26, 2013 @ 4:06 pm
    Kids say the darndest things. I like when she said: she wanted to go to a "happy school". Bless her little heart. Check out You Tube for the Art Linkletter shows of the 50s where he interviews kids. If you haven't seen these before, you'll get a kick out of them.
  • Camden Feb 08, 2013 @ 1:27 pm
    I sent all of mine to preschool, but I only did the minimum amount of time (4 hours twice a week). Mine were all very shy and I wanted them to be exposed to new situations, kids, and having teachers. But for the most part, I just enjoyed being with them and that time is so short in life, so I kept them with me most of the time.

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  • Body_Hair_Removal_for_Men May 19, 2014 @ 4:03 pm
    Very informative lense to help out parents.
  • rconnor111 Mar 21, 2014 @ 2:18 am
    Nice post - the girls went to pre-school and are smarter for doing so!
  • Pipa-bipa Mar 06, 2014 @ 12:19 am
    It was not a tough question for me. My daughter is a highly social creature. she loves action and this is something I just cannot provide her at home - not at the level that she would like, at least. Of course there is the money question. The logistics, however, was solved pretty well - since I also have a small son with me at home and no car at the moment, I cannot afford taking her to-the-moon-and-back by tram (with a stroller accompanying me everywhere). So we had this great magic school bus taking her and bringing her back right from the doorway. She was 4 at the time, and you may say it's a bit too early to send a child alone on a bus, but SHE, that sweet mature angel, has convinced me that she is totally fine being on the bus. And, indeed, she was. Today I'm happy I'd made this decision, but, just like you're writing in your lens, these kinds of decisions should include your child's wish and readiness - eventually, it's the little ones who decide :) Thanks for the great lens, I really enjoyed the read :)
  • hailz333 Mar 05, 2014 @ 4:43 pm
    That is a really tough question. The cost for preschool here is very expensive but Josh gets a lot out of going and really enjoys it. I think if I didn't have a full time job then I would have kept him at home with me. I love his company and teaching him new things. He has learned how to play and interact with other children, which is an experience I would have struggled to provide.
  • Upon-Request Mar 05, 2014 @ 10:15 am
    As a single mother with two under the age of 6, preschool was necessary. I do think kids get more benefits by being in this type of environment IF and only IF it is a well-run school with plenty of caring staff and age-appropriate activities.
  • mutter Mar 05, 2014 @ 5:21 am
    Children just need to know they are loved and you like being with them, whether they attend pre-school or not. Great lens and congrats on LOTD.
  • Titia Mar 05, 2014 @ 2:35 am
    Congrats on the LOTD> In my country you don't even have a choice whether to send your child to preschool or not, you're obliged to send them from the age of 4 years. Homeschooling is not an option either.
  • hemant_p_gokhale Mar 05, 2014 @ 1:16 am
    Great lens and congrats for your Lotd award.
  • hjohn1024 Mar 04, 2014 @ 10:42 pm
    Great lens Melissamio and congrats on your Lotd award. I think that the reason why your daughter was so eager to attend pre-school was because of the way that you presented the idea of school to her. You painted a picture of school being a fun place to attend .

    You most likely did not let your reservations of letting her go show in your expressions and she quickly understood that school was a place for children to go to meet friends and have fun.

    Your lens will be helpful to many persons who are considering this topic.
  • adventuretravelshop Mar 04, 2014 @ 7:37 pm
    Congratulations on Lotd. I read your lens with interest because I had to send my son to preschool for work reasons. I really didn't want to do it as I would have much preferred to teach him many of these things at home. I felt a bit cheated to be honest. But some mothers will feel the opposite and this lens is brilliant because it clearly describes all the benefits.
  • Mar 04, 2014 @ 6:57 pm
    Nice intelligent look at the issue. Congratulations on getting LotD!
  • AlyshaHaeems Mar 04, 2014 @ 5:08 pm
    Very interesting perspective on this issue. Great lens!
  • Evelyn_Saenz Mar 04, 2014 @ 4:18 pm
    Congratulations on LOTD! :)
  • melissamio Mar 04, 2014 @ 4:57 pm
    Thank you!
  • Evelyn_Saenz Mar 04, 2014 @ 4:17 pm
    I never seriously considered preschool nor even Kindergarten for my children. I knew that they were learning so much more at home exploring the world around them. My oldest decided to begin public school starting in 7th grade. It is so important to listen to our children's desires.
  • RoadMonkey Mar 04, 2014 @ 3:57 pm
    Very useful article and a totally surprising take on the child deciding to go to pre school. There were no pre schools when my children were young, or I would have sent them.
  • favored1 Mar 04, 2014 @ 2:48 pm
    Yes I do. Whether or not a child would do well in the preschool setting depends on the child being ready and other circumstances. The social aspect is wonderful. Congratulation on LotD.
  • melissamio Mar 04, 2014 @ 4:50 pm
    Thanks much:)
  • RubyHRose Mar 04, 2014 @ 2:30 pm
    Congratulations on LOTD and a purple star. It is a personal decision between you and your family for sure. I think a lot of it depends on the child. For working parents it is a great place instead of just a babysitter.
  • melissamio Mar 04, 2014 @ 4:48 pm
    Thank you! I agree, if you're paying already they might as well learn something!
  • grammieo Mar 04, 2014 @ 1:22 pm
    You make some good arguments, I think it very much depends on who is running the centre, and how focused they are on making it a fun and learning place. Congratulations on LoTD!
  • melissamio Mar 04, 2014 @ 1:39 pm
    Thank you!
  • GKREW Mar 04, 2014 @ 12:48 pm
    Congrats on your LOTD. Where we live, public school does not start before kindergarten so preschool is a great option for us as working parents with no retired grandparents. It is expensive but we have seen the benefits of preschool in how the children interact with us at home. I will say that a preschool is only as good as the staff who works with your children. If they are not teaching and engaging the children in good habits then it just becomes expensive babysitting at that point.
  • Ruthi Mar 04, 2014 @ 11:47 am
    Any time a child of any age is engaged in learning activity, the benefits outweigh the costs, preschool included. There is much to be learned by introducing a toddler to life outside his or her home, as long as it is a positive environment.
  • LSJ-88 Mar 04, 2014 @ 11:29 am
    Your lens comes at a perfect time in my life. My son is 2.5 and heavily involved with a local play group. The majority of the kids in his playgroup are headed off to preschool in the fall and it is giving me much hesitation. I really, really, really want to homeschool my children because I'm not impressed with public education in the United States (I taught public school for several years), but as all these moms are talking about preschool (and now your article) I'm starting to wonder if I'm denying my child something that may actually be very good for him. Right now we learn at home with monthly units centered on themes and basic skills, and because of his fall birthday I get extra time to decide if I really want to do school at home or send him to public school, but it is still a really difficult decision.

    Congrats on Lens of the Day!
  • melissamio Mar 04, 2014 @ 1:35 pm
    We're heavily involved with playgroups too. Preschool has worked well for us and does for many but I don't think there's a clear cut right decision for everyone. It sounds like you're well qualified to teach your child at home and are also exposing him to other children and helping him to form friendships. The good news is if whatever you choose doesn't work for you, you can always change your mind:)
  • DaisyDixon Mar 04, 2014 @ 11:20 am
    I think it is a wonderful thing, but I still plan on teaching my sons as much as I can at home as well. It's good for social interaction, and studies do show the benefits are great. Where I live preschool doesn't cost anything, all our public schools are free here. Great topic, congratulations on Lens of the Day!
  • melissamio Mar 04, 2014 @ 1:31 pm
    That's great that preschool is free where you live. I wish that was the case here so cost wouldn't have to be a factor for parents.
  • Charito1962 Mar 04, 2014 @ 11:18 am
    Yes, I do. I had to send my son to preschool, and I thought it did him a lot of good before he started his formal schooling.
  • ErinMellor Mar 04, 2014 @ 10:29 am
    Every child is different, and so the decision is so child specific it's hard to say, but I was sitting in a coffee shop this morning listening to people drinking $5 coffees complaining about the cost of childcare. Priorities differ.
  • katiecolette Mar 04, 2014 @ 10:12 am
    I think it depends on every family's financial situation. But I also think that the benefits of preschool are very important. Children do need to interact with other children, learn to take turns, follow directions, work together on a project, etc. There are half-day preschool options that might be more affordable or alternatives like Mommy & Me groups. You may also be able to arrange for regular playdates with other kids, so that your child can learn to be away from the primary caregiver and get to interact with kids.
  • melissamio Mar 04, 2014 @ 5:05 pm
    I agree that mom's groups are great either in addition or replace of preschool to social the child. They've done wonders for my kids:)
  • d-artist Mar 04, 2014 @ 9:55 am
    Congratulations on LOTD! Great lens! What a beautiful mother and daughter! No preschool for our daughters - it didn't cost anything and was a long time ago. My upbringing was strict, so of course I was the same way. I chose to educate them in all the above mentioned lessons. Having horses they learned responsibility at an early age ( 6 and 3) respectful, caring and secure with a positive attitude. I am proud to say both of my girls are very successful...of course this upbringing was just my way.
  • melissamio Mar 04, 2014 @ 4:59 pm
    Thank you! Yes I agree preschool isn't for everyone. Great job on raising successful girls:) I'm sure teaching them responsibility at a young age was a big part of it.
  • partybuzz Mar 04, 2014 @ 9:52 am
    Very good article. My granddaughter was much like your daughter in that she begged to go to school. She went to a regular K4 at the same school her brother was going. Rode the bus and everything! She loved it! I do think that so many children attend preschool these days, that sometimes kindergarten is set up expecting that the kids already have the skills learned in preschool. Therefore, when I child hasn't, they are at a disadvantage. My daughter found this to be true with her son, who did not go to preschool. Both are older now. My grandson has graduated and in college and granddaughter is in high school. I can't see where it made any difference at all, in their later years, whether they had gone to preschool or not. I think that's a myth. I think it really depends on the child. They're all different.Therefore, the outcomes will be different. Congratulations on LotD!!
  • KathyT Mar 04, 2014 @ 9:14 am
    This was a really helpful article for me, even though I don't have kids. As it turns out, I'm helping one of my business partners who is working on promoting a preschool his children attended, and your point of view offered me a perspective I had not thought about. So, I can look at the complexities of this decision through different eyes. Congratulations on a terrific Lens of the Day!
  • tonyleather Mar 04, 2014 @ 9:05 am
    I found with my kids that I wanted them to decide if it what they wanted, and both my son and my daughter said they did, so we sent them along and they seemed to get a lot out of it, though we did keep educating them ourselves as we could.
  • rita-ray-44 Mar 04, 2014 @ 8:40 am
    i believe in sending them to preschool it gives your child a bit of a boost! if u ask me!
  • MissMerFaery Mar 04, 2014 @ 8:39 am
    PS congratulations on a well deserved LOTD!
  • melissamio Mar 04, 2014 @ 11:26 am
    Thank you:)
  • MissMerFaery Mar 04, 2014 @ 8:39 am
    My daughter doesn't go to preschool. I think it's too young - but then again there are children who love it, like your daughter, and my neighbours' kids. I disagree that preschool leaves them better prepared for school (other than being used to being away from home during the day) - it entirely depends on what you do with them at home. Mine is 4 and would be due to start reception (UK equivalent of kindergarten) in September and she can already read a full book, count to 100, write her name etc. None of what she learned so far has been formal - she has learned it all through play and taking interest in what we show her. We go to plenty of groups and spent time with friends so she learns about sharing, teamwork and so on from that, and she wishes her two best friends didn't have to go to preschool so that they can do what she does, lol! :) As with many things, it depends on the child (and circumstance of course). For us, not going is the better option - but we are home educators anyway, so a little biased ;) However if my little girl really wanted to go to preschool or school, then I would respect her choice and let her try it!
  • melissamio Mar 04, 2014 @ 11:26 am
    I definitely agree that parents can teach everything that a child can learn in preschool if they take the time to read and play educational games. I think the groups with friends is an awesome way to help your kids develop socially. I do those as well and have since my daughter was essentially a baby. When she was younger she was so shy she'd sit on my lap and cry if anyone came near her. Now she's a social butterfly so I'm glad we took the time to get her used to other kids early so she could get over her social fear. We only do preschool 3 days per week so we still have time to get together with our playgroup friends:)
  • Merrci Mar 04, 2014 @ 7:37 am
    What a great lens! So much good information, looking at it from both sides. Congrats on LotD. I'm glad your children are benefitting.
  • melissamio Mar 04, 2014 @ 11:16 am
    Thank you so much!
  • kerryv Mar 04, 2014 @ 6:47 am
    I think pre-school is great. We sent our son to a co-op preschool where some of the cost was lessened by each parent spending one day every second week helping out. We also took turns sending in snacks for the entire class. It was a lovely experience for us and our son.
  • melissamio Mar 04, 2014 @ 11:19 am
    We have a co-op preschool near us as well that some of my friends have recommended. I think it's a great concept.
  • flinnie Sep 06, 2013 @ 12:59 am
    Hi great lens on preschool. I worked at a school for prek - 2 grade. Most of the little ones loved it. I started school in first grade was very shy and wish that I hade a chance to start much early.
  • bloomingrose Aug 24, 2013 @ 12:06 pm
    I was not able to get a great pre-school like you did, but my boys profited from the programs I did send them too. Informative lens with much good information.
  • Sylvestermouse May 26, 2013 @ 3:23 pm
    I very much remember trying to decide about whether to send our children to preschool. As a stay at home mom, preschool was not a necessity, but truly a choice. I do believe there are many great benefits to a good preschool. The key word in that statement though, is "good".
  • godfather25 Feb 05, 2013 @ 2:15 pm
    A lense I think all parents should read.
  • daisybeam Jan 17, 2013 @ 11:44 pm
    Sometimes sending to pre-school becomes a necessity.
  • cmadden Jan 17, 2013 @ 2:20 pm
    It really does need to be decided based on the child since some will simply not be ready while others, like your daughter, can easily start at an earlier age.
  • RuralFloridaLiving Dec 07, 2012 @ 1:49 pm
    Good lens. Education is important, even for preschoolers.
  • vinodkpillai Nov 10, 2012 @ 7:47 am
    I am clear that the benefits did outweigh the cost for my son. But then I am not too sure that all pre-schools are uniformly good with committed teachers, latest teaching methods and low student teacher ratio.
  • Tolovaj Oct 31, 2012 @ 8:00 pm
    It seems some kids prefer the company of kids of same age, but other kids really don't care. I have heard stories about kids who really hated kindergarten but enjoyed school and some kids who wanted to go to kindergarten on holidays too. Most important is to think see all the pros and cons for every child and act accordingly.
  • Sep 13, 2012 @ 8:08 am
    I ahve a 8 moths old daughter and I'm still on maternity leave (we have 1 year maternity leave here in Slovenia). I decided that next year, when I go to work, my daughter will stay at her grandma during my working hours and we will practice this till the age of 3, the latest. then she will go to preschool as I believe that preschool is really important for child socialization. I made this decision in order to avoid baby diseases in the first 3 years, since children who are going to preschool are often ill a little bit more than those who stay at home. My parents send me to preschool very late and I had some dificulties with my socialization, I was realy shy and unsociable, so I guess preschool can be a good thing. I loved your lens, thank you for sharing:).
  • melissamio Sep 13, 2012 @ 2:33 pm
    Wow a year maternity leave is awesome! I wish the states would adopt anywhere near that amount... I think 3 is a great age. I wouldn't have been able to do it before then. I even would have maybe preferred sending her at 4 but she was ready now. I guess you're point about socalization makes me glad we did it sooner.
  • Diva2Mom Sep 11, 2012 @ 11:20 am
    Great lens! I admire your passion and sensitivity being a mother! I'm just like you, I always bond closely with all of my kids, so letting them go was a very emotional thing for me. 2 weeks ago, I also cried when I took my kids to school on their very first day. But I knew how excited they were as they had been talking about going to school the whole Summertime, so I just had to convince myself that it was for their best, and later on, we'll just reassess the situation and see if they want to keep going to school as supposed to being homeschooled. The school here in NC is very kid/family-oriented; a real happy , positive environment for them to be at and learn. I had to personally research about the school prior to sending them there...I researched if there was any bullying incident, type of kids that go there, etc. my husband did his own research too, so we're also happy to find a great school to send our children to....and as soon as my kids come home from school, I have a one-on-one time with each of my children and ask each one of them everything about how their day went...from academics to social interactions with teachers, students, etc. I evaluate everything to make sure they're ok, because the last 2 years, they were safe with me when I homeschooled all of them.
    (btw, Melissa, I heavily updated my Transition from Diva to A Stay at home mom of 7 lens by introducing my whole family, and some homeschooling photos to share, etc...I thought I'd also invite you...

    Great lens my dear! I admire your good motherhood! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful topic; it's a great joy to hear anything about motherhood, mother-child, etc. God bless you, my dear friend! Stay fabulous as always! (I'm sick now, after my kids, so I thought I'd visit you first before I lay down and zzzzz,haha)
  • melissamio Sep 13, 2012 @ 2:32 pm
    That must be a really tough transition for you to go from homeschooling to them all gone! I'm sorry to hear your'e sick now. I hope you get better very soon!
  • mamabyrd Sep 06, 2012 @ 11:37 pm
    Thank youbfor the great lens it gave me a lot to think about
  • bushaex Sep 03, 2012 @ 1:13 pm
    SquidAngel blessings. This decision might represent one of the few areas in which parents get an active role to give a thumbs up or not. It deserves complete focus.

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