writes: [there's this] underlying pressure from other women signing their kids up for preschool. I can't help but feel that they know something I don't know. Or that my kid is going to fall behind socially and academically because he's not in preschool and won't be until next fall at the earliest.
Our society has such weird expectations.
Our kids did not go to pre-school (at least so far). I'm sure there's nothing wrong with it, but our boys find enough to do running around the house terrorizing each other and raising a ruckus, and seem just fine with things the way they are.
However, Max is now five and so he started Kindergarten this year. Before school started, there was a end-of-summer picnic where we got to meet with all the school staff, teachers and other parents. The one question I got asked the most was, "Did Max go to pre-school?"
When we'd tell them "no", they all got that look on their face, like we were bringing in a kid from the wild raised by wolves.
Oh no, he's not going to be able to sit still, raise his hand to ask a question, or play nice with the other kids. Its the end of civilization!
Get a grip. If our society really knew that much about the right way to raise children, we wouldn't have Jerry Springer.
[photo credit] Raised by wolves from the Photoshop contests gallery