As an example, many families in our area are choosing to send their kids to a different school, an hour away, rather than attend the public school. I always ask why and how they came to that decision and then I begin to wonder if I should be thinking about that for my kids. Sometimes I'll scold myself for wanting to "keep up with the Jones' ", but I also wonder would my kids have better opportunities at a more prestigious school? Really, does it even matter? Is the school really more prestigious? Is is just your perception because you have to pay to go there? But if it does matter and I have the means, why wouldn't I do that for my kids? See where this is going? It's kinda a no-win thought process.
So then I remember that I've been very happy with the public school thus far and that we are only talking about 6th, 3rd and 1st graders. I'm not sure any private school would make that much of a difference at that level. Maybe 6th grade, but certainly not 3rd or 1st. Why do I even worry or think about these things? I'm quite sure my parents never even had a thought about what school we were going to. We just went to the school whose town you lived in. That was it. No dilemma.
This whole debate I'm sure will be amplified as we head to high school, (which one?) and finally college! The opportunities to second guess myself will be endless!
Do you ever second guess the choices you make as a parent?
Private or public?