Hey everybody, I feel like I need advice from both sides of the spectrum (well, from both sides of the MDC spectrum, maybe not the WHOLE cry-it-out-included parenting spectrum that we know IRL.) :laugh: DH and I decided years ago to homeschool our almost 4 yo DS and 1.5 yo DD, but this school year we just started DS in a once a week, 4.5 hour long mother's day out program (so, technically NOT preschool) because I want him to have SOME formal classroom experience. (My biggest issue with public school is just how plain EXHAUSTED and a part of the rat race kids tend to be these days. DS is definitely the type of personality/learning style that WOULD do very well in school, I just want my kids to have more flexibility in their lives/education/schedules.) So, DS seems to like the teachers, activities, etc at "school" but has gotten progressively more teary-eyed each week when it's time to get dropped off, until this week he was sobbing hysterically when I tried to leave. From what he says, he just doesn't want to be away from me. I know 'regular' school parents believe in a more 'cry-it-out' approach in situations like this since in a year or two their kid has to go to kindergarten. I also figure homeschooling parents would say, "Why bother if you're going to homeschool him anyway? Why torture the kid, just let him stay at home!" I feel like I'm kind of stuck in the middle because I see some validity in both ideas, but don't want to go to either extreme. I don't want him to be forced into anything at not quite 4 yo, but do want him to push the boundaries of his comfort zone just a little. WWYD, wait til next school year (when he'll still be preschool age) to try a once a week class like this, or keep trying right now? Middle ground I'm not thinking of? TIA!