Saturday, October 18, 2008


I should start by saying that we're happy with Doodle's school. I love his teacher and the school environment is a good one.
But, I worry about Doodle.
So, of course I started looking at private schools.
It's such a facet of my personality that it drives me insane. I always feel like what I'm doing or what I've chosen isn't the best option that I over-research. But, sometimes that's good. And sometimes it isn't.
In this case it was. I had myself convinced that we had gone the completely wrong route school wise and that we should be doing private education. Really, it makes sense that I would feel this way. I attended private school growing up and have very fond memories of it. It felt like home to me.
And, honestly, I've been on private school tours over the years. But, it's one thing to look at private schools when you have a 2 year old and school seems like something a long ways away. It's a whole different ball game when you have your child in school and it suddenly matters what their behaviour policy is, how many kids are in a class and how closely the curriculum follows provincinal guidelines.
Phat Daddy didn't really want to go to the open house today. But, I think he was a little worried that if he didn't go I'd convince myself that we should be going this route and pull Doodle out of school without much consultation.
I sometimes roll that way. Though I try not to.
Sooooo ... off we went as a happy family.
I didn't bother switching my every day purse to a designer purse. I didn't care that Doodle wasn't colour coordinated.
What happened today surprised me.
As we walked through the school and we saw the lovely classrooms, listened to the presentations on their learning style and met with teachers something dawned on me. We're happy.
It's been a rough transition to jk some days. It breaks my heart when Doodles has a rough day. But, I love his teacher. I love that I'm getting to know other parents. I love that when we go on an evening walk we walk past his school and he is so proud of it.
Leaving the school today I felt like we've made a great school decision and that this place is the right place for our child. I know there will be challenges. But, I'm learning that sometimes it's not about life being perfect, it's about rising to the challenge and trusting your gut.


Multi-tasking Mommy said...

Sometimes it takes going to the other side to realize that the grass isn't always greener! Glad you came to the realization that you are happy and that you did make a good choice for your family!

SciFi Dad said...

I'm glad you decided to keep him where he is. I think that another big change might have given you more challenges instead of resolving the ones concerning you now.

LoriD said...

We live very close to a good private school. In fact, the private school is right across the street from us, closer than the public school. My daughter asked me why we didn't go there and I gave her many of the same reasons you just mentioned: having friends in the neighbourhood, knowing the parents, liking the schools and the teachers. Public schools have seen all kinds of kids and they're fairly well-equipped to deal with any issues that may arise. Sometimes you have to fight a little to get access to resources, but they are there.

Badness Jones said...

Yay! It always feels good to know you're going the right way.