“A what?” the toddler’s mom questioned. “A mom that purposes not to run, but to stay home with her children,” I answered. Complete understanding was still not found, because the next topic to be breached was preschool.
It is hard to discern what is best, when “everyone” is saying how necessary extra activities are. When parents talk about what their children are doing in preschool they mention: the crafts, the number and letter learning, field trips, and how much fun they have.
What aren’t mentioned are: the attitudes the child brings home or the lack of sleep because of having to rush out the door in the morning. What Mom doesn’t want others to see is how stressed she is each morning, and how the preschool schedule is ruling their lives.
Jesus Himself told us what the two most important commandments are: Love the Lord with all your heart, mind and soul; and love your neighbor as yourself.
Hmmm, so if these are my top goals for my children, is preschool accomplishing this? A pretty obvious “No” for loving the Lord could be assumed for the average preschool. Yet, socialization, that’s a plus, right? Well, are those little ones learning to love their neighbor? Or just to come out on top?
Toddler’s need their mom to point them to Jesus. Who else will wrap them in their arms and tell of His greatness? And loving their neighbor….if a child can get along with their siblings (their closest neighbors) they can get along with anyone!!