Monday, February 08, 2010

Commute

I like my daughter's preschool.  I like the location, the teachers, the director, all of it.

Yet I gave up her spot there for next year and drove across three suburbs to put Ada on a waiting list for another preschool.  One that costs twice as much and is further away.  (She's second on the waiting list for the schedule we want. She's in for our second choice class schedule.)

Of course, the new preschool is fabulous.  The facility, the teachers, all of it's top-notch.  But the reason we made the switch is because Ada will (hopefully) be in the same classroom Ellie was in last year.  It's a team-taught classroom with a Gen Ed and a Special Ed teacher and a mix of students: some with IEPs, some without.

I think this will be good for Ada.  I also want to support the program that helped Ellie.

Here's hoping.

File under:
- stuff no one but me cares about
- parents can be boring
- lady, quit talking about yer kids
- parenting is one long series of tiny decisions with plenty of time to second guess and worry and obsess and wonder if you're doing the right thing or inadvertently ruining your children's lives.

8 comments:

RobMonroe said...

Oh, trust that we care. It's really important to support the programs that have supported you. I'm a firm believer in that.

Kathy G said...

As an assistant at a inclusion-based preschool (I wonder how many of those there are in the area), I like that you've chosen to support the school that helped Ellie

Cate said...

I care! I think these tiny decisions are monumental.

Sarahlynn said...

Having a child with special needs got me interested in inclusive leaning environments, but I'm a firm believer that they're good for kids with special needs AND for kids who are typically developing.

Really, all of us have "special needs" and we need to learn to live and work together. Developing this sort of flexibility early can only help make us healthier and more well-rounded later on.

(Cate, it's a little terrifying, isn't it, how small decisions can have such a huge impact on our children's lives?)

Barrie said...

It's overwhelming when I start to think of all the little decisions and how they add up. Just trust you're doing the right thing. You must be. You've put a lot of thought into it. xo

Sarahlynn said...

Thanks. :-) Now if I could just moderate my temper . . .

bingol said...

Well, that's it for -these- two kids. I recommend starting all over again while you're still young.

Sarahlynn said...

Crap. I think I gained 30 find-meaning-in-life-through-stuffing-my-face pounds just thinking about having another baby.