So it’s been a while since I’ve done a mama dairy post. Due to the stress and anxiety I’m having over choosing a preschool, I decided to post one today. The time has come to place my pumpkin in school, and what I thought would be a seamless process has become quite the opposite. It’s such an overwhelming feeling as a parent to make major decisions for your child…reminiscing on my school age days, the times are so different. And some may say, “It’s just preschool” but education is very important to me. Preparation being the forefront of my concern when considering which school to place him in. My parenting instincts are set up in this order; to protect, to provide, to prepare. Call it my three P’s to parenting if you will. I’m learning by going through this process, that the 3 P’s are overwhelmingly clouding my brain.
So what’s the problem? The problem I’m encountering lies with finding an institution that meets my expectation of the third P, preparation as I stated. For me, it’s not enough to just teach the curriculum as a teacher. It’s deeper than that. It’s about taking time to assess each student and CARING about guiding/preparing them to be successful. All kids are different!! Finding an environment that encourages those differences yet maintains structure, is the environment I’m searching for. We all want the best for our kids, especially when the price tag associated with these institutions ain’t cheap!!! How I see it is, money is no object if your quality meets my standards. On the flip side, as parents we should hold these institutions accountable for every penny by ensuring our kids are acquiring the skills and preparation they need to succeed.
I must admit, I’ve taken the fact that my son is smart for granted. There’s a lot more that I plan to do at home to reinforce and prepare him on my own. Teaching is not solely a teachers’ responsibility, it should continue at home. I’m improving and learning everyday as a parent, and this experience so far has opened my eyes!!! It’s challenged me to look beyond the successes and strides my son has achieved. And to always prepare him for what’s next so he’s already a step ahead.