I think we need to talk more about this SAHM thing. It sounds like there are a lot of us in similar headspace.
Beege - YES! Structure. How much is enough? What things do we focus on? How do I make it worthwhile for Sweet Pea (who will be 5 this summer) and yet include Will/keep nap time in tact? (Will is going to be 20 months in June.)
THAT right there is a big part of what keeps me on the fence about this. Right now they spend about 20 hours a week with trained child development specialists in a building that is wall to wall kid. Touch tables. Class pets. Dressup stations. Art Easles. Playground equipment. Their own Mac loaded with kid friendly programs to teach reading and typing. They know how to do stuff that I didn't even know they were capable of. Not that I think kids HAVE to be drilled on flashcards or have an activity every second of the day. But they LOVE stuff like art, and music class, and HELLO - having friends! So how is staying home with me all the time WAAAAAY better than that?
Then again...! So. All you mom's who stay or stayed at home. What kinds of stuff do you do? Library? Touch Museums? Craft projects? How often? Do you have a strict routine? Lose routine? Fly by the seat of your Pampers? Do you do any playdate/mommy group type stuff? How do your kids get face time with other wee people?
I should probably mention here that I am pretty convinced my kids are going to end up being much, much smarter than I am. So, you know. There's that. I don't want them to be bored all the time. And I KNOW that sometimes Sweet Pea gets bored on her home days. (I know this because she is all, "Mooooommmmm, I'm BORED." No subtlety that one.) A little boredom is Ok. But sometimes she begs to be taken back to school. That seems like something is off...
I am probably over thinking this. But I figure it's better to have a whole arsenal of ideas and only use a few than to be idea-less. Right?
THE WEEK IN PICTURES
Ok, there aren't really any pictures. There was a lot of snot, and that was about it. But here's a cute one from the dance recital on Saturday:
Can't wait to hear what y'all have to say.