To Preschool or Not? – Mommy Blogger

Nicole Betker is a mother, wife, rabid Toronto Blue Jays fan and a pop culture junkie. Always having an opinion or something to say, it’s time this journalism grad found a place to share her musings on the acts of “adulting”.

Is it just me, or is preschool nearly impossible to send a child to when parents work?

Could the times be more awkward and the pickup rules be any more strict?

As a working mom (and has a husband who works), time to drive my son to-and-from preschool in the middle of the day just isn’t an option. The mom guilt on this topic couldn’t be any harder. Not only does my son want to go to school, thanks to two friends from daycare starting kindergarten in the fall, but everyone we meet asks if he will be going to preschool. Maybe it is just one of those questions that gets asked, but am I really setting my child back if he doesn’t attend or am I just a lazy parent?

For now, I’ve convinced myself that Carson has a strong daycare provider that continues to foster learning through field trips, crafts, outdoor time and free play, as well as great social and listening skills after attending daycare since he turned one.

But I can’t help but wonder why can’t this option be more accessible to full-time working parents? Why are there not more centres or offerings from early childhood education experts? And if it is an important piece to a child’s education, why is it not part of the early childhood education guidelines set out by the government?

As I researched whether or not, I was making the right choice the evidence I found actually made me secure in my decision. Since Carson is flourishing at daycare and a pretty social kid, many of the arguments for pro-preschool fit him already:

A foundation for learning socially and academically – CHECK
Carson returns from daycare with elaborate crafts, can count to 30, knows his ABCs and continually asks questions.

A structured daily setting – CHECK
Being in daycare has given Carson a routine of getting up in the morning, eating breakfast and getting out the door. Also, daycare has strong rules that he follows. He is also used to eating lunch not at home, sleeping not at home and gets along with others.

Child will develop emotionally and socially – CHECK
Carson is a social kid. He can make a friend anywhere. Not only has he participated in daycare, but we’ve also included him in activities including birthday parties and swimming lessons to further his listening and social skills.

Am I saying that no preschool is best – not at all! Am I saying I shouldn’t feel guilty for not having the logistical ability to put him in? Yes.

Each family knows what is best for them. There is no one size fits all for everyone. This is what works for us and I am comfortable with it.

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