My son is 4. His birthday is at the end of April & this year he started school. I know, I know I have heard it ALL. That he will struggle when he is in year 12 and won’t be able to go out drinking with his mates (to that I say PHEW), that he will struggle socially (not so far…), that he will be out of place among his peers (he is one of the tallest & most quickly settled in his class) & all the way through to just a plain “how could I??”
My eldest is a September birthday so there was no question about when he was to start school- but the decision to send my little man this year was massive!! So far, he is absolutely LOVING school & more importantly… loving himself! Yes, there are kids in his class that are 15 months older than him, but there is also a little girl who is younger & really does it really matter?!
As a second child he knows the school routine, he knows the teachers, he has a lot of big boys to look out for him in his brothers mates & there are quite a few other siblings in his year that he recognises. seriously so far he is going really well!
Starting school is a MASSIVE step in the lives of not only the child, but also the entire family. I don’t believe there is ever a “right” time to do anything, so don’t judge! I’m doing the best I can!!
Posted by megb82, 4th March 2013