I still remember vividly the first day I brought my daughter to the day care. She was only one and a half years old. The thought of strange people around her traumatized her so much that bringing her to day care everyday was an ordeal for all of us. In time she had gotten used to it and made the morning drop off ritual became much easier. Now she’s a fairly independent 5 year old. We never had to toilet train her in fact. The day care folks taught her a lot of things in the area of being independent. She was just a gem when she took her vacation with my wife back in Pinas. She didn’t cry to beg for attention at all, unlike her 6 year old cousin who can’t even go to the bathroom by himself and cried for anything he needed. Not trying to chastise practices from home and I’m one who grew up with the yaya (nanny). All I am saying is we strike a balance between social assimilation which she gets from the day care and the much needed love and care she gets from us at home and it seems to be working, for now at least.
These days we demand too much of academic progress from our kids it seems. Parents are brainwashed with the notion that starting them early with academic skills makes them geniuses in the long haul. Whatever happened to playing ? My parents who were both educators never taught me with homeworks and assignments at home. When I was in high school I was besieged with homework. My bag was so heavy that if I would have become the Hunchback from Notre Dame if the ordeal lasted for a few more years. Once I was having dinner at a Chinese fast food mall and I saw this Chinese boy who must have been in his early primary grade sitting beside his tutor doing the usual session while his mom was sitting 10 tables away sipping tea and visibly monitoring his son’s reactions. Man, I would hate to be him doing the darn lessons for hours every night! Why not just give me a brain transplant instead 🙂
My wife was checking a Barbie footprint PC replete with all the colors and trimmings for my daughter and I didn’t agree with the idea. The PC would have been an another adornment to her room. She’s still quite young and it would be a little too initimidating for her. Computer based educational toys are just about right for her age I think. Nowadays kids are just pampered with all the hi tech gizmos and gadgetry. It is common to see young kids toting cell phones nowadays. With some phones having GPS features nowadays, I wouldn’t be surprised that phones can be fitted with such for tracking purposes only , i.e. to know the whereabouts or the exact coordinates of the cell user, i.e. your child. I heard they implemented this in Pinas for a fee but failed miserably due to inaccuracy. As usual, the carriers were more interested in making money rather than delivering accuracy and efficiency!