School age children require schooling, and most decisions about a child's schooling are made by parents. As I stand here in the middle of the 2010/2011 California public school experience of 30-kids-to-a-classroom, I wonder if I'd rather be changing diapers for a living.
What's difficult are the decisions that need to be made on a regular basis about maintaining a positive educational framework for our children. It used to be that you just sent kids off to school (on a chauffeured bus, no less!). Now, decisions are required about which school (if any), how much to supplement the curriculum, and how many volunteer hours to commit. Schooling, like parenting, is expanding in scope. When we spend time worrying about being good enough parents by needing to make all the right school decisions, we're stressed!
I'd like to reclaim these easygoing school years, somehow. My kids thrive most when I'm relaxed and enjoying their company. I need to make a conscious choice to worry less about pending educational hurdles, and spend more time just being a part of their lives. That is, until Little Miss Reindeer enters second grade.