The idea of preschool can be difficult, especially when your child still looks like a baby. Are you sending them off to school too soon? Is preschool really necessary when you could savor them at home for another year? The answers are no and yes, respectively. Starting preschool young actually has plenty of benefits for your child, and they don't end after preschool. You may not even know it, but your own preschool experience helped you long past preschool. These are just some of the ways that going to preschool affects you later in life — and five big reasons why your own child deserves that opportunity.
There are different things that might be holding you back from sending your child to preschool, like the schedule change, the emotional drop-offs, and the costs, to name a few. However, the positive aspects of preschool well outweigh the negative — and these benefits and positive aspects simply can't be recreated in your own home. Whether you're extremely pro-preschool or you're hesitant about the idea, just know that its benefits are proven, enduring, and a gift to your children. And if you have to re-read this article while you're crying after a hard drop-off, so be it.