Friday, 17 February 2017

AM I LETTING MY SON DOWN BY NOT ENROLLING HIM IN NURSERY?

After a period of fairly inconsistent blogging, I've decided to start writing down my thoughts and rambles again. In many ways my blogging break occurred as I began to feel disillusioned with blogging. I felt like it was one more thing to add to my already busy life. The longer time has gone on, the more I have missed the online blogging community and the relaxation that writing down my thoughts provides.

Today, I thought I would share something that has been playing on my mind recently and rose to the fore today after a little trip to the park.

AM I LETTING MY SON DOWN BY NOT ENROLLING HIM IN NURSERY?




Jack is 34 months old, so very nearly three. He remains home with me during the week and is yet to start nursery. In an ideal world, I would love Jack to attend a few nursery sessions a week. I feel it would allow him social interaction with children his age and a chance to do activities that we do not do at home.

Currently aside from looking after Jack during the week as a stay at home mom, I also work two nightshifts a week as a manager in retail. This is how I manage my life and ensure that Jack has childcare at all times. As a family, we never qualified for the 15 free hours childcare that some children can get at the age of 2. Whilst I would have loved to have sent him for a day or two a week, financially as a family we just couldn't afford it. I used to take Jack to toddler classes and playgroups but as a non-driver (Wayne drives though) they are sometimes difficult to get to. Aside from that we have moved house and are now too far away to meet up with the parents and children I met at those classes.




I'm settling into a new area and am trying to find different classes and groups in the area that I can take Jack to. In September, Jack will be able to start Nursery as he will get some funding towards this. Is it too little too late? Jack is at an age where he wants to play with other children and is a little bit bored of being with mummy all of the time. Equally, I'd love to meet some local mums.

Today we went to our local park and as we arrived we saw there was a little boy playing in the playground. As we got into the playground, the boy and his mother left. Cue tons of tears from Jack who wanted to play with the little boy. Jack loves playing with children his age and I'm not able to offer him the chance to. He is a loving, affectionate child who loves playing with others. September seems a long way away and I need to find a way of making mom friends soon. Being a mom is the most amazing experience, I just hate the mom guilt that comes with it.





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