I have been very blessed to stay home with my child for 3.5 years. I do babysit part time, but am able to bring my child along. This time together has been very valuable to me.
I have some feelings of trepidation about preschool. I don't think I want to send her. I am not sure why. Maybe I don't want to give up authority or control. Maybe I like having some say over her friends or who she interacts with. Maybe I just like being around her often to give her guidance.
However, my child is almost rabidly social. And yes I know there are many other chances for socialization outside of school! : ) But I am noticing that my daughter is really craving being around other children, as much as possible. She is, and will be, an only child. I am finding it hard to get any breaks for myself, which I am starting to need. Since I babysit, I am around children constantly, and since my husband works long hours and weekends, my child and I regularly spend 12 hours or more a day together without interruption. I am noticing that most of her peers are not available for playdates, since they are scheduled into preschool or they are put in care as their mothers return to work. And we are "growing out" of public playgroups, as in my area they mainly consist of children not old enough yet for preschool. We know some homeschoolers from our church, but most are older and it seems the ones with multiple children get their socialization needs met more at home.
I thought about starting a non-Preschool : ) homeschooling group in my home, but frankly I am craving a little bit of time away from children. Having her take classes with me present (which many require) doesn't seem to fill this need.
Any advice, or commisseration?