Chiming inAugust 7 2012 at 8:21 PM
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Response to Starting 3-year-old in preschool, looking for feedback (looooong, sorry!)
I think that you should go for it. The preschool sounds like a lovely place, that will challenge him, surround him, love him, and help him grow.
I think that when we pine for the days when our children stayed home, we forget that in those days, they played with lots of other children and we didn't hover over them & orchestrate for them. Sometimes, preschool is exactly about allowing children to play with their peers, with minimal intrusion from adults, but in a socially & intellectually rich environment.
My DD (now 6) went to a day care that had an outstanding preschool program, and it gave her such skills & confidence.
As for the illness, remember that unlike your first child (who grew up in an only-child household), your DS already has to deal with other people's immunities or lack thereof. And depending on what your older child's special needs are, perhaps they also contributed to his inability to fight off infections & such? I think of a delightful neighbor girl who has Downs, which has also affected her medically in many more ways than we ever realized. She was recently dx with sleep apnea, and certainly, her problems sleeping make it harder for her body's immune system to function appropriately.
I think you're making the right decision, no matter what grandma says.
As for his behaviors recently, yep, he's three. His emotions far outstrip his ability to use words to describe what he needs & wants. Happiest Toddler on the Block was very useful for some friends whose son was struggling at 3 bc he just couldn't express what he needed so he tantrummed. We all saw positive changes within weeks of them starting to use the techniques.