First of all, I want to extend a big thank you to all of you who have reached out and offered advice and support. I can already tell that this is going to be an incredible experience. There’s a lot of passion and opinion out there, and I truly enjoy reading it all. I’m reminded of what I tell my four-year-old daughter all the time, so often in fact, that she finishes the sentence for me: I say, "Different people like different things", then she says, "and that’s okay." I haven’t had the opportunity to explain the word "opinion" to her yet, but I’m sure I’ll be able to work that in one day.
So here’s the question that keeps me up at night, as it did last night: Will I make the right decision for my child? (and throw in "and family" at the end, and that’s worth at least a month’s worth of sleepless nights) Up to this point, we’ve already made hundreds of child-related decisions, many relatively minor in impact, but decisions nonetheless: Do I really need that $700+ stroller? (In retrospect, the answer should have been no. So much wasted money on baby/toddler products, but I digress…) Should I let Anna have a second serving of ice-cream? (Yes! Live a little!) But these elementary school decisions in front of me now seem like high-impact decisions that will influence the trajectory of her future, or maybe I’m being too dramatic. Public or private, immersion or no immersion, uniform or no uniform, school close to home or not close, gardening program or high test scores, the decisions go on and on. I don’t know if Mark and I are up for some of the rigorous and time consuming activities in which some parents engage. Maybe we’re just lazy. When we had to choose a contractor for extensive house remodeling, we talked to only one, and we chose him because we liked him, and he seemed trustworthy - he’s been doing stuff for us for about 10 years now. When it came to choosing a pre-school, we toured three, and chose one of them because we really liked the teacher, and it was close to our home. We love the pre-school.
To tell you the truth, what it all boils down to for me is, I want Anna to have a super nice teacher and be around nice people all day. That’s it. Am I aiming too low? To me, I’m not. To me, nice goes a long way.