March 31, 2009

Preschool Dropout

So remember how Giggles has been going through a rough patch? For the past month or so, there has been a definite change in her behavior. She stopped wanting to go to ballet class, so we didn't make her go anymore. Then she started having potty accidents, which she never did before. She potty-trained super early (i.e. 27 months) and never looked back. Until now. And then last month, she decided that she didn't want to go to school anymore. We let her stay home a day here and a day there, and once she was at school she was totally fine and had fun. But she increasingly became more and more adamant about wanting to stay home. So we let her.

I figure she's still so young (she just turned 3) and she gave preschool a try for a good 6 months. She was doing wonderfully (writing her name, counting numbers, etc.) but I don't want to push her. After all, some kids don't go to school until Kindergarten. Maybe it was too much for her too soon. And I strongly believe that you have to know your child's personality and nuture it. But the director of the school, while supportive of our decision to keep her home, thinks that we should make her go to school because sometimes "parents have to push their babies out of the nest and let them fly." And I agree with her to a point. But I figure there's plenty of time for Giggles to her head back in the "school game." For now, she's soooo happy at home - playing to her heart's content and going for walks and entertaining her little brother - that I feel like she is her own speed.

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Elaine at Lipstickdaily said...

Fergie - - I'm totally with you. At 3 . . . definitely keep her home if you can. She has PLENTY of time to be pushed out of the nest. Plus there's so much value in having a kid who WANTS to go to school and looks forward to it. If you don't push it now, she may well be asking about it again in a few months. Enjoy the at home time!

Kim Moldofsky said...

I agree with you and Elaine. She's still young. She will learn new things every day where ever she is.

Racquel Simone said...

That's wisdom!

Peter and Nancy said...

"Push her out of the nest"?? For heaven's sake . . . the girl is only 3! I think you're right on -- there's nothing she's learning there that she won't get from her Mama. Then, when she is ready, she will have a ball at preschool. Way to follow your mama instincts.
-- Nancy

parentingBYdummies said...

Good for you for being strong for your girl. Just found your blog on SITs, and it's AWESOME:)

A Shorter Mama said...

Good for you...listening to your child is always best:) I get flack for keeping Repeat at home, but I just make sure he has tons of outings and we always have friends over. We know him best and will follow his lead:) Just refer to the homework email you sent last week...definitely time for these kids to fly at their own speed!

Tara said...

Wow. See I'm glad I read this. Right now my daughter is still in daycare, not preschool so I haven't encountered this yet. But I say kudos to you! I think you did the right thing!

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