This time last year, I was contemplating the decision whether or not to send Christopher and Jack to Transitional Kindergarten (TK) or full day Kindergarten. I had all the forms ready to go. I kept asking myself: Are they too young (summer birthday)? Because of their minor milestone delays, are they going to struggle? Are they socially/emotionally ready?
In my head, I would tell myself:
“My husband and I both have late birthdays.”
“We were the youngest in our class.”
“We turned out fine.”
But as a former educator, I was aware of the differences in the school system today vs. my elementary days. Would my kids be able to survive the rigorous demands of today’s curriculum?
Internally, something was telling me to hold off. For more insight, I decided to reach out to family and friends. I received an overwhelming response to the benefits of giving my children the “gift of one more year of preschool.” 80% of the people I asked were in favor of sending the twins to TK. Surprisingly, more Dads joined the conversation and voiced the benefits. One dad, Christopher and Jack’s Pediatrician said, “No one ever regrets holding them back.”