Mel at Stirrup Queens has a post that shines a little light on something I didn’t know.
Caveat emptor: I am the youngest and my SIL is a SAHM, so I’m not privy to what actually happens when you have kids. As in, after they get here.
All I know I learned from Julie.
So go read it. It’s okay. I’ll wait. Just please come back ’cause I have questions.
I don’t know which scary place Mel lives in (I think NY?), but in that bad place they take babies away from there parents when they are really little.
As in, before they turn 5.
And before you all flame me, I’m not being sarcastic.
While this may be the bliss that ensues when you have no reasonable risk of reproducing, let me just go on record as saying: I don’t want to give my kid(s) away that early. I want to teach them things. I want them to stay home with me.
And I want to go to the things they go to, whether it’s speech lessons, English lessons (remember, we’re moving so they’ll already know Hebrew), music lessons, swimming lessons, okay, you take my meaning, right?
Not to be a stage mommy. But to be a part of their lives.
And while I’ve not ever raised a child, I must say that I weigh in on the rather conservative side of things.
I’m not a religious I’m-going-to-homeschool attachment parenting baby wearer. Not that there is anything at all wrong with any of those viewpoints, it’s just not me.
I don’t want my babies to sleep in my bed. In all honesty, I’d kick out the hubby if I could get away with it. I want my kids to go to a regular school. I plan on letting them cry it out.
But sending them to preschool at 2 1/2 years? Are you kidding me? That’s practically infancy?! Can they even hold their heads up by then (okay, kidding, but you get my concern)?!
Is this the norm? Just so they can get accepted to Harvard?
— A very concerned Kirby (who hopes Rachel will tell her it’s not like this in Israel)
PS — I got into Harvard and I didn’t go to preschool. I stayed home with my mum. And I have dyslexia. 🙂 So there preschool!