By Cheryl Bac
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About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons incl... (More)
About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons including Chicago and Boston. Exercise is an integral part of my life. I hope to one day go back to long distance running and tackle the New York City Marathon. Right now I run after my one year old son. Although I am a stay-at-home mom, we are rarely "at home." My mom also stayed at home with my brother and me. She warned me that, although rewarding, it can be isolating. So, with her help, I learned the importance of getting out into the community and meeting other mothers. On the rare occasion when I am at home and have a hand or two free, I squeeze in time to scrapbook. As a new mom, many challenges are thrown my way. I hope my opinions, triumphs, and struggles help experienced parents reminisce, new parents cope, and parents-to-be get an honest glimpse of what the first years of motherhood can entail. (Hide)
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Uploaded: May 3, 2014
A couple of weeks ago, my friends and I did a double take when we saw a two and a half year old who was neatly writing out the alphabet in chalk (upper and lower case letters) at the park. We were all quite surprised by his impressive writing skills. It started up yet another conversation about preschools and what our children should know to be prepared.
Sadly, discussing preschools can be a very stressful topic for parents. Some are shocked by the prices and waitlists. Others are overwhelmed by the choices available (part-time, Montessori, Waldorf, play-based, academic, international, etc). It's not easy to figure out what is the best fit for your child.
Yesterday, I came across this letter
on my Facebook newsfeed. It was quite unsettling to read that a school cancelled the kindergarteners' performance
because they felt that it would interfere too much with the children's preparation for college and future careers
. So much pressure is being put on parents, teachers, and children. And it's especially troubling when it is at the expense of programs that help the child learn teamwork, confidence, public speaking, and so many more life skills. I hope this school is an exception and that most schools are able to stay balanced even with all the new requirements being thrown their way.
What is it worth to you?
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