Diaries Magazine

Decisions

By Babyjandbean
One of the many joys - and challenges - of parenting is making decision after decision after decision. Medicated or natural birth? breast or bottle? Cloth or disposable? Parenting philosophy? When to start schooling? Public, private or home school. And on and on it goes.
In the special needs world, there's even more decisions to make. Public or private therapy? Or both? Which therapies? Which tools for your child's sensory diet? Integrated, special or combination ed? Accommodations for your child in school? Higher ed? Finding the right doctors and clinics. Home, independent or community living? Financial plans for your child's future? Just to name a few...
I expect that the answers for my family will change as Bean's needs change over time.
Decisions
Lately, I've been obsessing over a relatively minor decision - one that I don't even need to make until the end of summer - but I can't seem to let it go... Preschool Preparedness. He will most definitely do preschool at 3 years, but I'm talking about a toddler program.
Baby J, Bean's brother, had an amazing experience in his toddlers class. Bean will be age eligible for the same program in the fall. Here's the catch... He'll be just eligible, as in his birthday is just two days before the cut-off. He will probably be the youngest child in the class, not to mention that he has significant developmental delays. I believe strongly in integration but I am so worried that he just won't be ready. He's not able to follow even one-step directions yet. He's not verbal and he's just getting the hang of walking independently. I worry that the kids will run circles around him and he'll get frustrated. And then I worry that it's just me that will be frustrated and he'll do just fine. Then there's the whole separation issue. I think he would benefit so much from being around a group of peer models but I just don't know if this is the right thing at the right time for him. If he were 6 months older, absolutely! But his age puts him at an even greater disadvantage...
The school is very supportive and pro-integration. They welcome children with special needs but they suggested reserving his space and waiting to see where he is in August. I've asked all of his therapists for input and they all have different opinions. I did learn that our county runs a (free!) preschool preparedness program for 2-year olds that are receiving services, so that is an option, too.
None of this will matter if I am back to work by then - and I sure hope I am - because the boys will be in day care. So, I don't know why I'm obsessing over this. There's so many "what ifs."
If I'm not working, I guess it will be a game-time decision. What would you do?

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Teens Making Good Decisions About Sugar

    Teens Making Good Decisions About Sugar

    This is a great idea for a lot of us. I know I would make better food choices if there was a sign above the food saying "You have to run for 50 minutes to burn... Read more

    By  Newsanchormom
    FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Don’t Let These Three Fears Drive Your Decisions

    Don’t These Three Fears Drive Your Decisions

    Remember the last time your response to a situation was based entirely on a spiritually grounded, selfless frame of reference, transcending ego-driven... Read more

    By  Shrinkingthecamel
    SELF EXPRESSION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Decisions

    Decisions

    He gave me a reason to believe everything has a time and happens for a reason . Your smiles are there for seasons , you have come in to my life for a reason . Read more

    By  Alka Narula
    CREATIVITY, SELF EXPRESSION
  • Making Decisions.

    Over the past few days I've made some decisions about where I want my life 'to go.' Last night as I sat watching a programme about old people in poverty in the... Read more

    By  Threesixfive
    DIARIES
  • Decisions

    Decisions

    My blog domain www.writingonmirrors.com will be expiring soon. I’ve been trying to come up with a new blog name/url for the past couple of days. Read more

    By  Aira
    BOOKS, SELF EXPRESSION
  • People. Choices. Decisions.

    It's no secret that the choices we make lead us to how and where we eventually end up. School(it was made for us), subjects, graduation course, post graduation... Read more

    By  Penfriendly
    DIARIES
  • So Far, So Good: Storms and Sartorial Decisions

    Hey folks, just checking in from the suburbs of DC where we are faring quite well. While the lights flickered a few times yesterday evening, we kept power... Read more

    By  Wardrobeoxygen
    FASHION, SELF EXPRESSION, SHOPPING