Like most parents, when school started, I had mixed feelings. Most days, I hate sending my child off. Instead of looking at the negative, I have tried to be more positive and have come up with 7 reasons why I love sending my child to school.
Have you ever noticed that all programs are based around the school calendar? During the Christmas break, every activity has stopped. Playgroup, bible study, sports, library programs etc all take a break. There are very limited amount of things to take your kids too. This makes it hard to keep your kids busy and leaves me more isolated from friends because there are fewer opportunities to get together.
Keeps them engaged
When my kids were younger, all I had to do to keep them from getting bored was introduce a new toy or change their surrounding by bringing them to a new room in the house. As my children get older, it is getting harder to keep them from getting bored without handing them the iPad.
During the Christmas break, my eldest daughter was easily bored and started sneaking around and lying about what she was doing. This behaviour was not as evident when she was in school.
As a school, she is engaged and has something to do or think about all day long, she doesn’t have the time to be bored. When she gets home, she is spent and needs time to decompress and relax.
When all my kids were not old enough to be in school the days felt so long. As soon as my daughter started school the days started feeling shorter.
There is something about getting out the door at 8:15 and having her home by 4 that makes the day shorter. I think it has to do with the structure of the day and having specific events mark the passing of time.
Everytime school is on break the days seem to last that much longer.
Other Blog posts about parenting
Social time with friends
My daughter y social and loves spending time with her friends. Since I don’t know many of the parents very well she does not spend that much time with her friends outside of school. At school, she has time to learn about friendship and how to be a good friend.
My youngest child is 13 months old. Being that young he still naps twice a day and is just starting to walk everywhere he goes. Due to those 2 factors, I find it hard to be outside by myself with all 3 kids.
My eldest daughter loves the outside and running around. When my husband was home, we were able to take turns and spend time with her doing outdoors activities like skating and sledding.
When she is at school, not only does she get 3 outdoor recesses she also gets a regular gym time. Because she gets so much outdoor time at school I don’t feel the pressure to make sure she gets that time at home.
Build good qualities
The school that my daughter goes to participates in a program that helps students build good leadership qualities. My daughter is strong willed and independent so it’s hard for me to foster those qualities and guide them to good use. Her school has an environment that encourages independent thoughts and taking responsibility for their actions. These are all things that we try to teach at home but it’s nice that we are not the only adults in her life that try to teach her responsibility.
A school is a great place to meet people. By sending our child to school, we have been able to meet many parents. Since we live and shop in the area our child goes to school, we are now starting to recognise parents and families where we go. We have met people at the grocery store, the library, and even the pool. All these encounters give us a sense of community and connection to our neighbourhood.
What do you love about sending your kids to school?
Originally posted 2017-01-17 21:56:42.