Years ago, we decided that I would become a stay at home mom once we had kids. We both agreed that we were probably not going to put our kids in preschool. After all, one of the benefits of being a stay at home mom would be having more control over how and what our kids learned. (We also considered homeschooling.)
Well, parenthood has a way of shifting our perspective.
Over the last year, Bunny has been asking about school. She wants to go to school, wear a backpack, and ride a bus. As we were house hunting last year, even though I was still leaning towards homeschooling, I made an emphasis with our realtor that we be in a really good school district. Because, just in case.
Several factors came into play as we decided to put both our kids into preschool.
First, we had zero family in the area. This made running errands and having my own personal doctor appointments really hard. I had to schedule them during times when my mom was visiting or it seemed especially hard to take two kids out running errands and having to stop for a potty break, or a meltdown, or a hey-stop-grabbing-stuff-off-the-shelf moments.
Next, Bunny expressed interest in going to school. I went back and forth on this, and even asked for advice on Facebook about this. I had an attitude of well, all she will really learn is how to stand in line.
After many, many conversations with Brian, we decided on putting them in a Mother’s Day Out program. I’d never heard of them until I moved here, when I think some mom’s in a mother group I’m in mentioned it. I did a lot of research and stopping at different churches and preschools.
Mother’s Day Out is usually around 4-5 hours running anywhere from 2-4 days a week. We ended up with a church that provides a program that runs for 4 hours, 2 days a week.
Yes, we put Nagini in as well (see reason #1 above). We jokingly say that Nagini is in “daycare” while Bunny is in “school”.
It’s just enough time for me during the two days to get much needed errands done. I’m not going to lie…the first day I imagined it would be super hard, but after I dropped off the girls (Bunny gave me a super tight hug and Nagini just walked away without a goodbye hug or kiss.), I thought I would cry, but I didn’t. I went to the grocery store and it was the most amazing thing ever to shop.
The girls are now in their 4th week and they enjoy it.
I’m hopeful for next year. We’ve decided to take their schooling one year at a time. Right now we’re planning on putting Bunny into kindergarten at the elementary school, but I’m choosing to be as flexible about it all as possible.