I have tried very hard to maintain my competitive composure while parenting a city child. I do not pay much attention (or at least I try not to) to the competitive parents--"my child is bilingual"; "my child can read"; "My child wears $250 True Religion originals"--but now I am on high alert.
My search for a pre-school has begun. All of a sudden I find myself in uber-competetive mode, mostly thanks to this list. As R just pointed out, half of these schools cost more than one year of his undergraduate education per year (for three half days a week). They also have extensive waitlists.
And so it begins.
Apparently some parents go on these waitlists BEFORE they are even pregnant. Some of the apps include the following fine print:
"Candidates complete a session with a professional evaluator, followed by a group screening with other hopefuls."
Are you kidding?! Sam is a powerhouse and a personality force, but I hate the idea of her competing with other children for these coveted spots. Must my child be fluent in four languages? She can identify all of her letters, should I seriously put that on her application?
I suddenly feel like I am through the looking glass and am longing for the days of finger paint and art smocks.