I have a DS who is 27 months old, and my DD is 2 months. I am wrestling with the issue of whether to put my DS in school 2 or 3 days a week.
I know a lot of women on this board home-school, but that is not something I will be doing with my kids. I had planned on starting my DS in a pre-school when he turned 3, but now I am having second thoughts on waiting for that long.
I am worried about him, because ever since I got pregnant with DD and since she's been born, we haven't been able to do the activites & play-dates we used to. I was very sick for the entire pregnancy and just didn't have the energy to take him to the park every day or to see my friends with other kids. And now with an infant, forget it! We still get out, play outside an hour or two every day, etc-but I just feel like he would benefit from being around other kids a lot more than he is. Right now all he does is look at the television most of the day, and I feel guilty but most of the time I let him because it makes him happy and I am so overwhelmed trying to take care of the two babies and the house and my DH (who is like a 3rd baby). I try to tell myself it's okay cuz it's all educational programming but I know it's not right to let him watch so much t.v.
On the other hand, I am scared to let him be out of my sight so much. He doesn't talk well, and if anyone hurt him or abused him at school, he wouldn't be able to tell me. I am scared to death that someone will physically hurt him or molest him (I was molested as a child).
I know I can't keep him with me forever, and I really think that pre-school would be good for him. The program is 3 days a week, 4-6 hours per day. Two of my girlfriends have their kids in the school and they love it. One of my girlfriend's sisters is a teacher there. But I can't get over the fear of him being hurt while in their care. And a part of me thinks that maybe I should just wait another year.
I don't know what to do. Anyone have any advice?