I have a 4 year old who will not be attending preschool this year.
oh the horror.
Grab your pitch forks and fire.
Yes, she turns 5 this year and yes she will be in ‘big school’ next year, but I don’t think anyone should care if she attends preschool or not.
My eldest didn’t go to preschool for medical reasons. Early on in her life we found out she had epilepsy, we chose not to medicate her but instead chose for me to be with her full time. And I enjoyed it, even if some days I ended up crying on the kitchen floor with wine in my hand.
Copious amounts of people have specifically told me that it’s ‘mandatory’ to do at least one day a week prior to starting school. That’s just a scare tactic preschools use on parents to make more money.
What are they going to do? Not let her go to school??? Mandatory my ass.
We are a very social family. We attend many activities that she’d never be unsociable when it comes time for school. She goes to ballet, she’s in the gym crèche 5 times a week while I work on my buns of steel, we’re at the beach all the time. She is a beautiful, well mannered little brat whom I absolutely adore spending time with.
She knows her ABC’s and her 123’s (thank you Play School). We learn together, we build together, we colour in together, she pushes my buttons, I fart in her sandwiches; it’s usually pretty fun.
There are some occasions where she acts like Shirley Temple on crack. You know, those days where she screams in her brother’s face as soon as I get him to sleep. Those days where she punches me in the butt because I cut her cheese the wrong size. Those days where she refuses to do her normal bedtime wee and then cries in the morning because she pee’d on her favourite sheet set. I genuinely wish I could put her in preschool for those days.
Don’t tell me she’s missing out, she won’t be ‘ready’ or that she’ll be behind in her class. Bitch please. This girl is sassy, vibrant and could swing herself at the age of 3, I think she’ll be fine. Preschool teachers warned me of that bullshit with my eldest daughter. She aced every subject in her first year. *insert smug look here*
Don’t feel sorry for her, don’t feel sorry for me. We don’t want your pity and we love our time together.
Who knows, I might end up getting to term 3, begging any and every preschool to take her. Or… we may just enjoy our last year together before she is lost in the school system forever.
Most importantly- it’s MY choice… not yours.
Have you chosen to keep your child home til school?