DADDY DIARY | The 'Making Decisions For Your Kids Isn't Easy' Edition


DADDY DIARY | The 'Making Decisions For Your Kids Isn't Easy' Edition

Big School, Big Decision

Making decisions can be a stomach churning task. There’s often a lot on the line and the risk of failure is a terrifying beast. But decisions must be made. And as grown ups it’s our job to make them.

Beer or Wine? Coles or Woolies? Pizza or Mexican? Coke or Pepsi? To send our daughter to big school or not?

All decisions that must be made. Some bigger than others. But just like a messy bed they must be made. And just for the record: Beer, Woolies, Pizza, Pepsi and we have no idea and it’s tearing us apart! PLEASE SEND HELP!!!


The decision on whether or not your child is ready for school can be a difficult one. There’s so much at stake. As parents the last thing we want is for our children to be disadvantaged in any way, shape or form. If we send our kids to school too early there’s a chance they’ll be on the back foot from the get go right up until grade 12. What a nightmare of a conundrum! A conundrum my wife Michelle and I are staring down the barrel of right now.


Our little girl, Matilda, is a June baby. She was born on the 26th right smack bang in the middle of the calendar year. This means we have a choice to make. Do we send her to school at four and a half? Or, do we hold her back a year (even though most of her kindy friends will already be in school) and send her in 2020 at five and a half? This is a decision that’s ripping at us. Thankfully it’s one that we’re not facing 100 per cent alone.


Matilda’s day-care has been on the front foot when it comes to our concerns. The school she’s been accepted into has also been more than helpful. But at the end of the day, the decision has to be made by the two people who know her best. The two people that, when I was a child I thought had all of life’s answers. That’s us. Her parents.

We don’t know what we’re going to do just yet. We’ll wait and see how the next month or two pans out. Then I guess we’ll just have to step up and do it. We’ll just make the call and pray to the heaven’s above it was the right one. Whatever the decision we go with, it will be made based 100 per cent on Matilda’s capabilities and what we think is best for her going forward.

So I guess my question now is, as parents when do we figure it all out? When does the time come that we morph into the people we are in our kids’ eyes - those switched-on adults who have figured out the answers to all of life’s tough questions? The answer to this, I just don’t know. But maybe I’ll ask mum next time I talk to her. She’s got it figured out.


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