From the womb, our last born is called the shots. She was my only full-term birth and the biggest baby of 5 that I gave birth to naturally. However, this wasn’t why she took so long to arrive on the scene!
And surely our last born’s personality was shining through when she decided to be unlike the four other births and come when she decided! Just as she continues to decide or so she thinks about everything else in our home.
The first day of Pre-K was normal. Most children are always a little unsure of the separation they’re about to experience. If intrinsically children were designed for connection and dependency on their mother, particularly, during the formative years, what makes us think the process of going to school is that simple – kiss them goodbye, and leave. I suppose that then is the argument – is Pre-K helpful in nurturing the design of our little people. Does the separation they experience nurture there need to remain connected, and especially to their mommies!
I must pause at this point to speak to the mommies that have to work.
But I also feel the need to clarify “have to work”. And I am perfectly aware I may offend some people by this. I don’t “have to work” to afford the car payment, mortgage payment, credit card bills, and yearly vacations. Such a sacrifice as motherhood can be quite costly. Believe me, my husband and I understand full well what a one-income home with a salary of 40k (if even that) covers!
Single moms or wives that have husbands that are unable to work have to separate from their child, respectively. In my experience with my eldest, as a single parent, children are resilient and will one day honor their mother (or father) for their sacrifice and hard work.
As our country continues the discussion about universal free Pre-K, I continue to be challenged by the question of why?
As for Isabelle she only lasted two weeks before we decided to keep her home another year. At the time, I was already home-schooling one child while the other attended Kindergarten at a private brick-and-mortar school. One year later for Kindergarten, Isabelle did great and was ready to go to school. Overall, she is still quite stubborn and most definitely the last born!