Stephany - posted on 09/13/2010 ( 45 moms have responded )
"As schools start back into session around the country, some parents of young children face a difficult question: Send their little ones to kindergarten as soon as they become age-eligible, or hold them back in hopes that an additional year of maturity will give them an academic boost?
This voluntary kindergarten delay, dubbed "redshirting" after the practice of benching college athletes for a season to prolong their eligibility, is a source of much national and personal debate. As kindergarten programs have become more rigorous, redshirting proponents argue, kids need to be older to handle the curriculum. For children whose birthdays fall just before the kindergarten age cut-off date, redshirting bumps them from one of the youngest in the class to one of the oldest. It's a tempting prospect for parents who don't want their child to be the least mature in the room (or the smallest in gym class)."........
I know someone who delayed her oldest son because she didn't feel he was mature enough or socially comfortable enough for kindergarten. Then, because she didn't want her kids to question why they weren't 4 years apart in school (they're 4 years apart in age), she also chose to delay her second child. I know that some people test their kids in early. It all seems odd to me. In my opinion, kids go to kindergarten when they're 5- period.
How do you ladies feel? Would you redshirt your kid?