Saturday, January 19, 2013

Have I Seemed Grumpy Lately?

Looking back on my posts I feel like I come across as really grumpy. I think this is because I am so worn down lately. I am responsible for getting all three of my children up (well, the one year old gets up on his own at about 6:30) and ready for school. We have to leave by 8:00am in order to make it on time which means I have about 45 minutes to get everyone dressed, fed, and somewhat presentable. There have been more than a few days that the last task didn't quite get done.:)

Both my daughters are in preschool at our local Catholic school. It is a great program, very academically enriching, but it is just feeling like a lot right now. My youngest daughter is three - is it really necessary to have her in school all day at three??

We also have the added issue that they are required to wear socks every day. This shouldn't be a big deal, but at our house it is. My oldest daughter throws a fit every morning about wearing the socks. Not a little fit; huge kicking and screaming. I end up dragging her to the car crying most mornings.

After rushing to get the girls to school I then have to take my son to his daycare/school before I head off to work. Thankfully I only teach part-time right now because this would be impossible to do every morning if I didn't.

After I get done with school I race to my daughters' school and pick them up from after school care. It takes about fifteen minutes to get them out to the car and loaded up (they don't want to leave their friends). We then drive to my son's daycare and pick him up.

This is exhausting - every - single - day.

So, I had my last sock fight on Friday - I decided I just couldn't take it anymore. My son's daycare does have a preschool/kindergarten program. It isn't as school-like as the program the girls are in now, but it is significantly cheaper. We could save over $600 a month - which would be huge since I am not working that much. The girls are trying it out next week. If they hate it we will definitely keep them where they are, but if they are okay with it... well, we aren't sure what the right thing to do is.

I would like to move them for several reasons...
1. they don't require kids to wear socks
2. I can bring the girls at any point throughout the day and they will still work with them on academics in addition to playtime
3. I would only have to go to one place to pick up and drop off
4. $600 a month

It seems like it would be an easy choice, but I don't want to make this decision based on what I want/need. I really want to do what is best for my children. So, any ideas? What would you do in this situation? I really need advice because I am definitely obsessing!


  1. I just switched my son's before school daycare (he's in first grade) is much cheaper, easier on me and I think its worth it. If it takes a lot of stress off of you, and makes your family life better, that's worth a lot! Probably more than whatever preschool academics they are getting...just my two cents :)

  2. Thank you so much for weighing in! I really have been agonizing over this because I don't want to make the wrong decision and mess up my kids' lives forever :). Just joking, mostly!