It’s that time of year for “Back To School.” It’s also the time everyone thinks about when their child should begin different stages and what schools to pick.
As a Mommy of a 2.5 yr old I spent the better half of the spring trying to figure out what would be best for Orion and our family. We lost our nanny and the big debate (since I was expecting our daughter Olivia) was what direction was best for Orion & Olivia together.
We had friends pushing that Orion “needs” socialization at the age of 2 at a daycare/preschool, but I wasn’t buying it. And of course the Montessori school was pushing the basis of life in a Freudian, utilitarian environment. And though I liked the approach, the drive coupled with the baby being separated from Orion all day, just didn’t “feel” right. Plus long-term I didn’t see either environment fitting into Chris’ or my viewpoint of how our child should learn.
I mean my office is at home. Why am I going to drop them off somewhere all day to wander around a 10×10 room for 8 hours. I couldn’t do it. Sure I was emotional! I was nine months pregnant!!! BUT my husband felt the same way and so we interviewed new nannies. We found a sweet, down to earth girl from Oklahoma and I was relieved…no daycare/preschool. My kids can bond.
Then, baby came. And I realized Orion needed something that was “his.” My Mom visited and wanted Orion to have more play dates with kids his own age. We began discussing preschool. I told my Mom that we would start school in due time and that for the summer he and I would have special swim practice with me while I was on maternity leave. But I wanted to show her the Catholic School I longed to send him to, the place I knew was right but didn’t start til age 3.
I opened the webpage and it was like an answer to my prayers. “This year we are starting a NEW 2-year-old program, call for details if interested.” I exclaimed with joy and dialed the phone right away. I reached the preschool director who was lovely and gave me details. Friday mornings, for 2 hours, preschool. Perfect! A standing, no mommy drama, structured play date!
She told me to come in and fill out some paperwork and application for him to be able to possibly attend.
One afternoon, I took Orion and went to meet the director. I thought “oh they’ll adore him, he’s so well-behaved in public…” And then we were there… Orion transformed into a dog on all fours ferociously barking and running around. I wanted to crawl in the hole of unruly parenting and hide…what was going on?!
So, they thanked me for visiting and told me I’d hear something in July. I thought, “oh my, I know I was early to register but what if they don’t want him and bump him for some other mild-mannered 2-year-old?” (See you know you’re still post pregnancy hormonal when you’re delusional enough to think there is a such thing as a mild-mannered two-year old boy AND that there is any chance that you have one…)
So we waited. Then the week before I went back to work I checked my inbox. And it said “Welcome! Orion Hughes has been ACCEPTED for the 2013-2014 school year to STAGS!” I jumped up so excited you’d think it was some Ivy League School. He’s “accepted!!!” Did I have any clue what I was getting into, I mean its two hours a week right?
Then came the flutter of dates and times and events. This was no joke, its school, maybe only 2 hours but it is Catholic Preschool with a capital “P.”
We attended our Parent Preschool Orientation and I was overwhelmed. PTO, volunteer hours, room Moms? He’s 2.5. Is he ready? I mean “AM I READY FOR THIS?”
As true, yet crazy as that question was, undoubtedly “YES.” It is ONLY two hours a week, lets not over think it. AND it is the foot in the door for the private education we wanted for our children. And though it is definitely a commitment it is one I’m looking forward to.
As a full-time working Mom I definitely wasn’t filling my weekends with play dates, toddler “classes” or “Mommies Groups” it’s the weekend-HELLO! I want to enjoy my kids and be, well, lazy on my weekend off.
So the opportunity for Orion to make friends and for me to be more involved at the church or school and meet parents with similar goals and values for their kids I am ready for. It’s the soft integration one day a week into a cultural and religious journey for Orion and our family and what isn’t exciting about that?
Now lets see how I do on “Meet the Teacher” and PTO New Parent meeting tomorrow and his real first day of school on the 23rd. And If I’m crying like a baby in my car in the parking lot, and possibly stay parked for the whole two hours on that first day, let’s just chalk it up to my being 14 weeks post delivery, ok? Okay.
Ps…stay tuned for the adventure!