For the seasoned back to school crowd, annoying run-ins with overzealous moms determined to compare class schedules isn’t anything new. But for those enrolling their young children in nursery school, pre-K, or even local scholastic groups, this autumn marks their first go round at the Parenting Olympics.
I received the following email today from a mother who has enrolled her son in the “Toddler Program” at her local nursery school. Fresh from orientation, here are her essential takeaways:
Please keep in mind that this is a program designed for 1-year-olds, and builds up to the 2s program next year.Â Here are some of the conversations I had with other moms at the program:
- Stay-at-home Mom (wearing a leather shirt):Â You are in the Monday/Wednesday session?Â We are in the Tuesday and Thursday class.Â Tuesday/Thursday was the first class that opened up, and they added your class later.Â I guess all the over-achievers are in our class!
- Me:Â Yes.Â Clearly.Â You are the overachiever here.
- Stay at home mom (with nanny in tow), who has her 26-month-old in the 1-year old program: Your son is 13 months?Â At 13 months we were focused on cortex development.Â Maybe you should consider that.
- Me:Â We considered that, but then decided to skip cortex development.
- Stay-at-home mom with 24-month-old:Â I am worried your son is in this class.Â I want kids in this class who will push my daughter
- Me:Â Why isnâ€™t she in the 2-year-old class with other kids her age then?
- Mom:Â (silent)
Long story short, I am becoming increasingly happy to be working because, otherwise, I would have to hang out with these people!
That and keep up on your various cortex development small talk.