Childrearing

My Kid Needs A Crash-Course In Jesus Before He Starts Preschool Next Week

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165_HristosSo, my son will be hearing about Jesus for the first time when he starts preschool next week. I realize this isn’t ideal. This is what happens when you are not religious, don’t speak to your kids about religion and move to a place where the only affordable daycare is run by the church.

I didn’t even think about the whole religious component, honestly. I decided early that I didn’t want to put my child in a daycare that didn’t have a pre-k component that he would ‘graduate’ to. I wanted it to have a “classroom” feel – so the few more affordable daycares I looked into really didn’t fit the bill. Then I started looking into some Montessori schools and children’s academies and the price point was one that I just couldn’t make. What was left? Church-run pre school. It’s everywhere in my city.

I started looking into them and couldn’t believe how affordable they were. There are about a half-a-dozen within five miles of my house. I went back and forth with a handful via email and decided on one last week. This morning, I took my son for a tour.

We got there and I immediately loved it. The building is large and clean. There are several classrooms of kids varying between the ages of 18 months and four years old. They were in the process of installing an art show and I was given a calendar of events. The kids were laughing and the teachers in each classroom seemed comfortable and happy. My tour guide suggested we bring my son into the classroom that would be his. It was story time.

He sat in the circle and looked pleased. He began to focus on the story, as did I; it was about Jesus. Okay. I hadn’t really digested the fact that there would be Jesus-talk, but it’s in a church so I assume it’s something I should have thought more about. I have no problems with stories about Jesus. Jesus was an awesome guy. I’ve always planned on telling my son the story of Jesus – I plan to expose him to many religions.

At the end of story time, the group bowed their heads in prayer. Yikes. Again, I have no problem with prayer – but my son looked confused. I could see his little mind working, trying to figure out why their heads were bowed, but no one appeared to be moving toward a full-on nap time recline. He’s familiar with feigning nap time for Gymboree. Now I’m feeling the pressure. How can I give him a crash course in prayer before next week? Do I need to find him another day care? What time is it? Who am I?

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