One of my cousins recently gave me four words of valuable advice: just shrug it off. I was questioning whether or not we would be depriving our son of a better education if he only attends half-day kindergarten. (There is a full day or half day program at the school he will attend next year. Half day is free, full day is not.) We are opting for half-day, largely because my husband is a stay-at-home dad and also because we are living on one income.
I fretted about this decision – what would he miss in the learning? In the socialization? This cousin happens to be a para educator in a kindergarten classroom and she assured me that our son won’t be at a disadvantage. Her sister-in-law, an elementary school teacher, agreed. They both reminded me that being at home and having one-on-one experiences at the zoo, art museum or reading with us would benefit him as well.
I appreciated the reassurance and the advice to just shrug it off. It’s so simple but she’s right. Sometimes as a parent, I just need to shrug it off. I need to trust my gut. Most of all, I must honor that I’m doing the best that I can and that my kids are going to be just fine.