Thursday, June 3, 2010
Let me start by saying that my sweet and surly child has been in daycare/school since she was 3 months old. My inner domestic goddess has always yearned to be home with this child, it just never worked out before.
Then I got the big L/O a few months ago allowing me to be home! HOME. My favorite word! I looked at the pre-school schedule, and thought, "Ok, they're on letter R...10 more weeks, then I can pull her to stay home with me." I cut her hours at school to save money, but let her stay in to finish the alphabet. They had a big party when they got to the end. Such fun for doing such hard work! So then I cut her to 3 days a week. I thought to myself, "I really shouldn't be spending this money to keep her in school when I'm here. But she loves it, and thrives there. She'll be extra super mad if I pull her away from her friends and her teacher just to hang out with me!"
I couldn't figure out how to let her go less than 3 days a week because for the first time since Homey started going to any child development center, she has a teacher that genuinely loves her kids, loves teaching and playing, and is totally willing and available to talk to parents whenever we can touch base. Add that to the fact that Homey has never known anything different than the helpful schedule and routine that school gives you!
But sometimes circumstances change, and it's important to be willing to bend and flex (I am not good at bending nor flexing, though I continue to work on this character flaw). Our favorite teacher has had to move on to better things a little earlier than expected, so now my reason for keeping her in school for the summer is gone, and Homey is going to be here with me. Ha! And Ack! And Pray for us both!
Nah, we'll be fine, so long as I continue some good ol' routine and structure. Both my middle name, right? But I have a lot to live up to when I continue Homey's summer learning fun at home...Tafaleen (for those that don't know that's "Kathleen" in Homey) really set a standard that I'm not sure I can compete with. But as I'm learning to fill her days with enriching, fun, and crafty things, stay tuned for the blooper pics to go with it!
And from Homey and me, here's a big giant shout out to our favorite teacher ever: Thanks for the best year we've ever had in school, and we absolutely love you. In the meantime, check on us, please. To make sure Homey and I are still on speaking terms. We're a lot alike, Homey and me. So I hear, anyway. But I think we can do this! As long as we can still call Tafaleen sometimes for pointers!