In recent months, your mother and I entered the the Education Vortex – this mysterious and somewhat competitive obsession with nurseries and schools. You definitely couldn’t care less, but I suppose this is the part of parenting where we are supposed to look out for your best interests and set you up for success.
It all started out innocently enough and soon after you were born. “Where are you planning to send him to school?” Your mother and I would look at each other and think: isn’t that years away? Well, apparently waitlists are years long, so your mother did some research early on and put you down for a couple of schools. (And how much money do these schools make getting application deposits that might not even lead to anything??)
Now that you’re two, and we have a better sense of your development, we thought it would be a good time to reassess the schools we initially signed you up for. The reality is there are a subset of schools in London that require us to start planning for now even though it’s so far in the future (i.e., five years) that we don’t even know if we’ll still be in London. Because we might be, we’re still working backwards to put you in a position where we’ll try and give you the opportunity to attend those more academically-driven schools if you’re suited for it.
It has been a weird experience – signing up for school visits, reading school reviews, looking at school ratings, seeing other parents similarly thinking the same think. It brings out the bit of the tiger dad in me that exists, but I think your mother and I are naturally quite relaxed about the whole thing. If anything, I think it’d be totally cool if you did something more creative whether it’s cooking or illustrating or whatever.
But now, we just sit and wait to see where the waiting lists pan out for this first stage. And yes, we’ve asked you for your opinion. You wantthe nursery with the most toys.