Will He be Overwhelmed?

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Registered: 07-11-2008
Will He be Overwhelmed?
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Sat, 07-12-2008 - 12:46am

I thought I would come to this board for some advice.

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Registered: 07-12-2005
Sat, 07-12-2008 - 7:25am

Do you have a preference either way? If you prefer to work FT, I would not worry at all about putting him in PK FT. If you prefer to work PT, that may be a great way to ease the adjustment for the whole family.

My children started in day care about two months ago. They are younger (1 and 2), but I definitely wish I could have started with one year of PT. Less for them than me. One week of adjustment, all okay I thought this whole gig would be easier, but right now the full-time schedule feels chaotic. My morning routine feels like I've packed all of the work (none of the play) of a full day into two hours--cooking breakfast and lunch (to pack), then cleaning the kitchen, cleaning the bathroom and throwing in a load of laundry. Getting myself ready (not as easy as it may sound, I usually have to change clothes at least once because someone hugged me with peanut butter hands or dumped milk into my lap). Even scheduling doctor's appointments, shopping for birthday gifts, filling prescriptions or getting a haircut have become stressful events. To try to prove myself in a new job at the same time is pretty difficult. I know my mom found the right balance with a FT job, and that I will soon enough. But working PT while working out the kinks might have been a lot easier.

Take everything I said with a grain of salt. First, I am currently in the process of adjusting to this schedule, so things that should not be stressful are. A month from now, I will probably say FT is easy. Second, my dh travels for work, which probably has a lot more to do with why housework and errands are stressful right now. Third, my children are younger and require more preparation to get out the door (diapers, dressing, naptime gear). And, by the way, the kids have adjusted to FT day care just fine. The 2-year-old had a few rough dropoffs after the novelty wore off a bit, but we expected that. The crying did not last long, and he did not show any signs of being upset when we came to pick him up.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sat, 07-12-2008 - 9:19am

That's funny, I'm having the same sort of concerns, but in the opposite way.

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Registered: 07-11-2008
Sat, 07-12-2008 - 10:57am

I usually have to change clothes at least once because someone hugged me with peanut butter hands


LOL - a cute image!


I'm going to take the amount of work I can get - ideally PT if the pay is right but FT is certainly a possibility that I am prepared for as would be fine with.


Thanks for your real insight. It sounds like things are going well(if not mildly chaotic).

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Registered: 07-11-2008
Sat, 07-12-2008 - 11:01am

I'm not as concerned with his adaptability as mine honestly LOL.

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Registered: 01-05-2000
Sat, 07-12-2008 - 11:16am

Can you start pt and see how he does? Then, with your (legitimate) concerns answered, you can transition into ft for both of you. In 2 years, he will be full time anyway. Personally, with my son ft dc was great and I wish that his Kindergarten was ft as well.

Chris

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Registered: 10-30-2007
Sat, 07-12-2008 - 12:14pm

My youngest daughter started pre k when she was four.

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Registered: 07-11-2008
Sat, 07-12-2008 - 1:38pm

what a wealth of knowledge and support - now I guess I need to come up with something to be debated a little more passionately ;)


I think I'll aim to start PT (maybe Mon/Wed and alternating Fridays?) and work up from there.

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Registered: 07-11-2008
Sat, 07-12-2008 - 1:40pm

yes..the K year is FT but the preK has the option of FT or PT.