I am about to vent. Please be prepared...
When did we, as a society, become so egocentric that we have lost sight of what is best for our children?
I am currently fighting a losing battle...the same (lost) battle that my own mom fought approximately 30 years ago. This battle? Kindergarten schedules.
30 years ago, it was an attempt to keep Kindergarten at 1/2 days. Clearly, that battle was for naught. And now? Now it is a battle to allow our 5 and 6 year olds the 4 day week they need...they DESERVE.
I am told that the move to 5 days is "because it's what everyone wants". Well, not ME. Not me by a LONG shot.
You guys, why are we even still having kids? Seriously...I know that's an extreme statement, but why? We have become slaves to our lifestyles. Slaves to the granite countertops, fancy cars, and luxury vacations when we should be "slaves" to our children. We should be living for our CHILDREN not for the "stuff".
I will (I do) do without that fancy stuff, because it means I get more time with my kids. Time that I will never, EVER get back. Ever. Our kids are in our homes for a mere 18 years...and yes, to you, sweet young mother of a colicky newborn, 18 years sounds like forever away, but it's not.
It'll be here before you know it. Trust me...it comes in the blink of an eye. (And, now I'm crying.)
But our society is taking our kids away from us at a younger and younger age. Kindergarten was intended to be a "bridge" between home and school, a transitional year for children to get used to being away from home. What started as a low-key structured environment has turned into more and more and more...pushing our kids younger and younger...and for what?
And then we wonder why people are so messed up. How about we start raising our own kids instead of farming them out to daycares and enrolling them in school as soon as we possibly can? Maybe if we start actually being PARENTS again and spending more time with our kids than their teachers do, maybe they'll see their worth. See how wonderful and amazing and incredible they are.
They are our future...why don't we appreciate them more? Why don't we make them our priority?
At 5 and 6 kids are still learning by play. Learning from their surroundings. Learning from being read to and sung to and played with. Learning from their moms and dads and siblings.
I realize I am but one lone voice...that I am not going to single handedly take back our children...but I wish, I just wish more people would realize how important THEY are in their kids' lives and make their children their priority, rather than their fancy homes and high profile jobs.
Jobs can wait.
You get one chance with your kids. You don't get a do over. You don't get to realize that you made a bad choice and go back to try something different. You get ONE chance.
And we're leaving that up to daycare providers and teachers. Thankfully, there are some pretty awesome people out there who are wiling to raise our kids for us, because it's becoming obvious, that we don't want to do it.
I'm not a perfect mom, I don't do it all right, but I do know, I am positive in this and not afraid to shout it from the rooftops, that my kids come first. THEY are my priority. Let's take back our kids...they deserve it.
We owe it to them.