What’s best for your child? You probably have some strong opinions on this question. Or maybe some areas you aren’t really sure whats best. Either way, there are many decisions that parents must make for their children.
One that can be very controversial is whether or not children should attend preschool. Some say that children should stay home with a parent or family member. Others feel that it is extremely important for children to attend childcare as soon as possible. For me, there are benefits to both arguments. However, I do feel very strongly about one point in particular. So, here’s why my child WILL go to preschool!
Before we begin, let’s start with a little background information. If you don’t know already, I have been working in the early childhood education field for nearly 10 years and have volunteered in the field for nearly 5 years before that. Along with my experience in the field I also have my Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.
One of my many passions in life is working with children. Many studies have proven the importance of the early years for success later in life. Another one of my passions in life is to help people create a successful life that they are happy with ( hints the name and tagline! 🙂 ). Helping children grow and develop from the very early stages will help me fulfill both of my passions.
I could argue my case on the importance of preschool all day long. However, I don’t think it would be very effective and I’m sure that you’d just get bored and just close out the page. So let’s talk proven facts! Multiple studies have shown the many benefits of children attending preschool. Some of which include:
- Positive Brain Development
- Social Development
- Early introduction to literacy and math skills
- A desire to learn develops
- Learning to build structure in life
- Improved kindergarten readiness
- Early successes with education
- Builds emotional development
And those are only a few! Find more at www.earlychildhoodeducationzone.com! They did a wonderful job of putting multiple studies together to analyse the benefits.
Now, I’m not one to only provide my side of an argument. I also like to think that I’m objective. Not to mention, I believe that in order to be truly happy and successful in life you have to make your own decisions. You have to do what is right for you and your family. Because of this, I want to give you some information on the other side of the argument. That way you can make the best decision for your family!
Those who are for homeschooling believe:
- children pick up undesired behaviors
- interferes with parent-child bond
- prevents siblings from bonding
- doesn’t promote appropriate discipline
- unwanted exposure to illness (colds, flu, strep, chicken pox, hand foot and mouth, etc.)
- interferes with parent teachings
Why My Child Will Go to Preschool
Now, let me explain my views a little more!
I believe in preschool because I have seen how much it can help a child. I also know the long list of benefits for a child going to a quality childcare center. Some of the reasons against childcare are just comical to me. Others may be factual if you send your child to a center that isn’t of the best quality. If you need help picking a quality child care center I wrote a post that will help! Click here to check it out!
My argument is, children will pick up undesirable behavior anywhere. It’s a parents job to teach a child how to behave. You can’t shelter a child from all the bad things in life. You are raising your child to be an adult one day. As an adult they will see plenty of undesirable behavior. Sheltering is not teaching.
As for the interference of any sort of family relationship, that’s just crazy. I will say, I don’t want to start sending my child to a childcare center as soon as possible. My plan is to keep my child home for the first year, at the most. It is important for children to build a relationship with their parents and siblings. This is done in the very early stages of life. The idea that a childcare center will interfere with any type of bond that has already been formed is just ridiculous. Teachers are not there to take a parents place but to give the child someone else that cares for them. It really does take a village to raise a child!
Shouldn’t parents want a child to have people that love them in their life. That’s what a child gets when they attend preschool. They gain teachers that love them and want best for them. They gain friends that love them. Who wouldn’t want that for their child?
As for sibling bonds. I do believe that it is important but it’s also important for children to learn how to make friends. Adult life will be very lonely without having that skill. All children need to know how to make friends and the only way they will learn how to do that is through experiences with other children. Not just play dates but real life school style experiences.
Make Your Decision
I could go on and on but I’ll stop because ultimately, it is your decision as a parent to make. However, it is important that you make a decision that is best for your child. There are many proven benefits such as appropriate brain development and learning positive social skills. Some people don’t feel that these benefits outweigh what they see as the downfalls. They believe that children pick up unwanted behaviors and are exposed to germs that they shouldn’t be exposed to. To them, it isn’t worth the cost.
My decision was an easy one to make. I know that I want my children to attend a quality child care center sometime around the age of one. It is important for my children to learn and grow to the best of their ability. This isn’t something that I can help them with all on my own. It is something that they will need to gain from being around peers and having guidance from their teachers.
That’s my decision, what will yours be?