Yep, I enrolled my 16 month old into school. Crazy? Maybe. As a stay at home mom I never thought I would be sending my kid to school, I mean that is the reason I’m staying home right? To take care of him. I always knew I wanted him to go to preschool but I never thought I’d be sending him off to school at 16 months old. Never.
At first when my friend brought up the idea of taking her son to school about a month or so ago I thought she was crazy. I didn’t understand why she would want to send her little one to school / daycare (I didn’t know the difference at the time) when she was a SAHM and didn’t have to. I just didn’t get it.
But then a week or so later I started noticing how Caden was interacting with other kids. It wasn’t bad by any means but I noticed he would get really frustrated if other kids touched his toy or if they were playing with the same toy he’d try and move their hands or push them out of the way. At this point I knew it was time for Caden to be around kids his same age more often. But I still wasn’t all about the whole school / daycare thing. All the germs that go around and paying more money to take him there just wasn’t really that appealing to me. So, I thought maybe I can just do more things with him like take him to the park more, or go on more play dates. The only problem is that I don’t have the time to take Caden to Discovery Place or the park everyday. I still have a huge daily to do list and at the same time I’m still there with him.
Nate and I have been talking for months about getting a sitter for a few hours a week to allow me to workout, do errands, blog, housework; anything that I need to get done. However I’ve been so reluctant. Why, I’m not so sure. Maybe because I felt like I should be doing it, since I am a SAHM, and that’s my job. I really don’t know. But in reality I needed a break and finally after coming to terms with this I started looking more into the whole school versus sitter thing.
After going through all the pros and cons of having a sitter versus taking him to school I realized Caden would be getting more out of school then what I or a sitter could give him. I mean, no offense to babysitters but how many actually spend the entire time engaging your child? Not many. How many just plop them down in front of the TV? Quite a few. At least at the school I know he’ll have constant interaction with kids, toys, books, teachers etc. Plus, going to school allows him to get out of his comfort zone and away from me. It forces him to interact with other kids, to be soothed by other people and take direction from other adults. The downside? It is a little more expensive then a sitter and if he’s sick or we’re on vacation we still have to pay for what he misses but other then that this was a no brain-er for us. CK was going to start school.
And that he did. Yesterday was his first day.
How did it go?
Well, last Thursday he went in for a trial day before we enrolled him and I cried and cried when I left. I really didn’t think it was going to effect me and I was for sure not going to cry. But I bawled, leaving my baby was awful.
Oh you mean for Caden. He did OK He was fine until he realized Nate and I were gone and he was up and down the whole time. Basically any down time they had he cried. Yesterday went better for me, worse for Caden. I didn’t cry at drop off but Caden wailed for about 30 minutes while I was still there. Seeing him like that made me want to scoop him up and take him home but I knew I couldn’t do that. I’d be taking away a great opportunity for him. He ended up loving circle time and he ate all of his lunch this time. Thursday he refused to eat or drink anything the entire time he was there. So overall it’s not going how I would want it to of course but that day will come. Until then it’s going to be a change for us, but a great change! I’m looking forward to seeing him learn and interact with more kids his own age and of course getting the time to myself to do what I need to do!
How long does he go?
He goes twice a week for a half day. About 10 hours a week.
What age did you enroll your child into school and how long did it take for them to get use to “drop off”?