It’s summer time….
And we were outdoors as usual this weekend.
That is, after I woke up from the the stupor I was in from working so hard last week. I had to work Friday night and Sunday night too, so I just had to squeeze in what I could in between work and sleep.
But Pookah makes it alright. He is the light of my life right now, even when he is acting like a defiant two year old. His first week with the new teacher (who we will call Ms. P) was OK. He survived. Even though I did have a couple of issues.
First, they told me to stop carrying Pookah into school. Well,
- A: He’s almost too big to do that anyway
- B: We only do it occasionally when I’m in a hurry or he is feeling needy. And
- C: He’s my child and if I want to carry him when he’s six I will.
And my other problem is this:
There seems to be this whole movement in childcare to get these children as independent as possible as soon as possible. They want your child to be able to basically do everything for themselves NOW. Pookah can do most things I think that he should be able to do. He can take off his clothes, pull his pants up and down, and feed himself. I thought that was enough for now. Now, this whole summer for instance, is focused on potty taining. Now, I agree that the potty training needs to commense NOW. BUT, not at the expense of playing, learing and being a two year old. I happened to drop by unexpectedly on Friday to drop something off. Pookah and his classmates were just sitting at tables waiting for their turn to go pee. She takes each one every 20 minutes over and over all day long.
Sooooooo…..when do they play? Do they go outside? Is this why when Pookah came home from school last week, he constantly wanted to “play”? Why he had an ENORMOUS amount of energy???
I mean, aren’t two year olds SUPPOSED to play? Am I missing something important here?
It’s something I’ve got to think on.
Yes, I’m delighted that my child knows his ABC’s and can count to 20. I’m delighted that he can say the pledge of allegiance and knows his shapes and some colors. And yes, I’m VERY happy that he can sit still for an extended period of time.
But he’s two. Am I wrong to be concerned that suddenly daycare has become school?
Are they expecting too much of my child? Or am I expecting too little?
I guess I just want him to be able to be a child for as long as possible. I know he is growing up, but still. What do you guys think? Am I overthinking this or am I right to be concerned?
What would you do?