We’re currently in the midst of preschool application/acceptance season. And it’s effing nuts. I’m too exhausted to get into the whole shitstorm of how it works but I have a lot to say about what the process does to us mentally.
Listen up, preschool is important, I’m not denying that. But I think it’s important for very different reasons than the ones that cause us all this stress.
We’re stressed because we think where our kiddo goes to preschool dictates where they go to school and then college. I think that’s crazy, and while I occasionally give in to my inner tiger mom, I’m working really hard at remembering that this is glorified daycare and it’s my job to do the important work. As parents it’s our job to make sure our children are always learning, love exploring, lead with kindness and empathy and feel safe in their environment. Not even the best school abdicates us of this responsibility.
I think it’s important to give our children the best education we can, whatever that means to us. I’m personally more obsessed with EQ than IQ. I want a preschool that teaches empathy, kindness, curiosity, and conflict resolution. I want a school that teaches through play, exploration and adventure. I want a school that teaches my child to love learning more than I want a preschool that graduates him speaking 17 languages.
We’ll choose the school that makes our son feel safe, loved and curious. These are the things we look for in a school. When I break it down this way it makes it a hell of a lot easier for me to see where our baby should become a big boy.