We haven't put our 5-year-old DD in school here in France so far. At first, when she was three (the usual age for starting school here), we hesitated to enroll her in school because she was extremely reserved, overwhelmed by noise and hustle and bustle and had a hard time separating from us, especially to be looked after by strangers.
Now, two years on, she has changed enormously; she's very outgoing and social, has lots of friends and really enjoys other children. My DH thinks she would be better off in school now because she would get to see other children more there, and because he thinks the discipline would do her good.
However I find myself more and more resistant to the idea of her going to school. The state system here is famous for being rigid and authoritarian, with lots of competitiveness and pressure, and there aren't any alternative schools in our area (and in any case we couldn't afford one).
Generally speaking I'm happy to say that she seems like a very contented child to me. However DH is really concerned that she won't thrive unless she gets more contact with other children. It makes me a bit sad to realise that we perceive our DD's wellbeing so differently.
Also, as you'll have gathered, he and I have somewhat different ideas about discipline - I'm trying to use collaborative problem solving/nonviolent communication (not easy for me as I certainly wasn't brought up that way, but I really believe in it) whereas he's more traditionally authoritarian.
As far as our own wellbeing goes - personally I'm finding the homeschooling journey more and more interesting and fulfilling, but he's feeling stymied and under constant time and financial pressure. He says the current situation isn't sustainable financially, which is true, but DD won't be five forever either - surely we should make the most of these precious early years while we can?
The most frustrating thing for me is that he keeps badgering DD about it (for want of a better word)- asking her if she wants to go to school, telling her that she should give it a try, etc. He'll also try to get her friends who go to school to say positive things about it in order to try and convince her.
She herself now sometimes says she wants to go but I don't know to what extent that's because she feels under pressure from DH (or because she's simply curious). As I said before, generally speaking she's quite a peaceful, happy child and I actually think she needs a fair bit of quiet downtime, plus freedom to move around physically - she thinks on her feet a lot - which is yet another reason for not putting her in school.
Is this unreasonable of me? Is it unfair for me to be bothered by my DH's actions? Any thoughts or ideas would be very much appreciated.