This post is in follow-up to one I wrote a few weeks ago, entitled, “Preschool?”
I so appreciate the input, both in comments and via email. [Everyone was so very gracious…offering their honest opinions and experiences, but without fail reassuring me that “there is no ‘right’ decision”. Thank you.]
After much, much thought (bordering at times on mental anguish), I can finally change the punctuation to something more definitive.
We’re doing it!
I’ve said all along that I’d start the girls in preschool when they were three-ish. That’s been my gut call…and I finally decided to go with my gut.
I am so excited to think about the girls making new friends, and me, meeting some new moms.
I know that a measured introduction to some structure will be good for them.
I look forward to them having another authority figure.
I think they will really thrive, being challenged in new ways.
My struggles with this decision primarily revolved around the idea that I might be rushing my babies to grow up…about me not soaking up every ounce of them while I can, knowing they’ll be graduating from college before I blink.
While I think those are valid considerations, and I still have pangs thinking about that, I finally decided to look at my decision from a numbers perspective.
The girls will attend preschool two days a week, from 9:00 - 12:00. That’s six hours.
My guess is that the girls won’t be napping for very much longer. (Yikes!) If they currently nap for an hour and a half a day, that’s 7.5 hours a week…more than the time that I’ll be “giving up” to preschool.
It may seem silly to have set up a mathematical equation in this context, but I had to try to put a finite end to my over-thinking.
And, on a serious note, I really think that their preschool experience will augment our time together.
I so look forward to building on their curriculum topics. And I think it will be some kind of awesome to be able to talk to them about their day, me not actually knowing what answers to expect.
I am excited about this next chapter. I think it’s the right decision for us. And I look forward to soaking it up, too.