If you have a young child , you may be already thinking about the transition to school, or maybe you are not at this stage yet. Having a 4 years old son, this topic it is very much on the agenda in my house - with Kindy next year and then the Big School.
How to know when your child is ready for that transition? Some parents decide to send their kids a year before they must be enrolled, others wait. Parents have their own reasoning for deciding one way or another. What I find is the parents who sent their kids earlier, will usually try to tell you why you should do the same and opposite. It is important that you make the decision based around your child, not other people's opinion. You know your child best.
‘School readiness’ is a measure of the knowledge, skills and behaviours that enable children to participate and succeed in school. Sometimes we think that school readiness means reading, writing, and doing basic maths before starting school. But this isn’t the case! School readiness is about the development of the whole child, their social and emotional skills, physical skills, communication skills and cognitive skills. Children cannot thrive at school if they haven’t developed the skills to manage things like getting along with other children, following instructions, and communicating their needs. Research shows that children who start school when developmentally ready to learn tend to do better in school, setting them up for further success later in life. Children will demonstrate a range of skills, capabilities, behaviours and strengths to indicate their ‘School readiness’. These more include:
My close friend, who sent both of her Sons to school a year earlier shared a very interesting point (that it would never crossed my mind) She said " My 14 years old son, who is a year younger that most of his friends at School, refused to celebrate his birthdays, because he wants to be just like them -15, not only 14. He is already devastated about waiting a year longer than his friends to get his L." If only I knew how much trouble this would caused in the future, I would never sent my kids earlier".
In saying that, what if your child gets bored at Kindy and it is ticking all the boxes for readiness? No other choice than send him/her earlier.
Remember that whether you choose a small or large school it also should be decided upon your child's need. If you have a shy child, maybe a small school would be better than a large one, and opposite - a child, who loves people, is extravert may love a big school and have no problem to adapt there.
My son, who has been at the childcare since he was 16 months old, will start Kindy next year, and then Reception. That's the plan for now. I feel that he is not school ready and will benefit from being at Kindy first. Future will show if that was the right decision.
Good luck - do your own research. I hope this post makes the decision a little bit easier.
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This is a good question and there isn't one answer for it... It depends on a number of things : mainly the size of your wallet (or maybe a size of your phone as no one carries a wallet any more :) How much $ you have in your budget will determine what product/products you are going to buy for your child/children. Of course the more children you have the budget shrinks,and that is totally understandable and pretty normal. Also your spending habits - are you Kmart shopper that goes to get $5 basket and come home with $200 worth of stuff that you don't need but it was so pretty OR Are you a Shopper that buys what you need and doesn't buy things just because they were on sale or this art was so pretty you couldn't resist it...
Well.. I used to be the type 1 (Tkmaxx shopper though). Did not see anything wrong with buying often and usually a lot, mainly things I didn't need it - ended up having way too much of everything: clothes, kitchen items, Manchester, decorations, you name it...
March 2019 is the time when my transformation started (not overnight), it was a process (I guess it still is) -First I watched the documentary on Netlix called: Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things. I really liked it but didn't think straight away it would be the path I choose later on to learn and absorb into my every day life. I then read and look for some other information on the internet. As you can imagine ,there is heaps. What got me interested in this concept is that those people, who call themselves 'Minimalists" have been all saying the same things - that their life was in order, they found more time, they had more money, less is more, more meaningful life, and overall they were much happier. I definitely wanted to try and see if this was going to work for me. Slowly, I started de-cluttering my home, and my life. I let go of so many things I didn't want it anymore (they didn't add any value to my life). I must admit ,the process itself is quite amazing.
1.5 years later I can confirm to you- IT WORKS - I feel happier, I own less stuff, I have more money and my life is so much more fullfed than before.
So, what that has to do with how much money you should spend on Kids shoes? Well it does. If you an average person spending $100 -$150 on kids shoes isn't cheap. It is not cheap for me as well and it is an expense that I would need to think about . Now, if you stop buying all those things you don't need, you will end up with so much money in your bank account that you can't even imagine (everything adds up really quickly, even when you shop at Kmart and everything is so cheap). You can then allocate this money into something that is worth spending on, like good quality shoes for your children. Because you buy less, you tend to think more about every purchase and then usually buy better quality (it is funny but it works this way). I hope you get where I was going with this 'minimalism'.
Another aspect, which is worth considering - have a look at your toddler shoes. How many pairs do they own, and how much money did you spend on them? What quality are they and does your child wear it all? For example if you have 5 pairs of cheap to average shoes ($30*5 =$150). I don't know about you but I would rather 2 pairs of good shoes than 5 or 6 that are synthetic, don't support my child's walking and posture, poorly designed etc. Correct me if I'm wrong but I did my research and was not able to find shoes for kids that tick the healthy requirements here in Australia. Yes, I did find soft leather shoes, but they either don't have flexible sole, too narrow at the front, too hard etc. It still amazes me that in such a developed country it is so hard to find HEALTHY Kids shoes. What shocks me even more is the comments I hear from other mums : "I would NEVER spend $100 on shoes ' , They grow out of them so quickly" etc... Yes it is true, children grow out of the shoes very quickly but PROPER shoes are extremely important to their overall health. Don't compromise on your children's shoes. I would rather have my kids wear cheaper clothes but would buy footwear that I know I can trust. This is my job as a mother - to look after my children's wellbeing!
My 4 years old son Oscar, who 95% of his walking life wears Gucio, went through some phases : at some stage he wanted to wear Paw Petrol $30 shoes from BIG W... After a month, he said ' Mummy I don't like them, they smell and my socks are wet, I want to wear Gucio". To me it is the best proof, and best spent money. Even though I have access to the shoes, he only has 2 pairs at one time - one for everyday wear and one pair for going out, plus gumboots and thongs. That's it. We never needed more shoes and apart from those Paw Petrol shoes I never bought any other shoes for him.
My message to you today is spend your heard earning money wise. I also try to support small, local businesses because I know how hard it is out there and they can only survive if people like you and I buy it from them. If not, we will end up with massive corporation only, with everything made in China. I don't like that idea, hence trying to make change. I put a lot of work to educate other parents on the importance of good not only first shoes, but shoes in general. I hope you take something away from reading my post,
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Welcome to my Blog, You can find a bit about me here .. I'm passionate about promoting healthy shoes for children. I love my boys, simple life, good food, good quality jackets and of course good shoes:).Over the past 1.5 following minimalistic way of life.