Ever since I got pregnant, many friends have warned me that I had to start thinking about my baby's future school as soon as he's born. They also filled me in with their personal anecdotes on school hunting and the ridiculous amount of "tea money" required by certain popular schools, or even kindergarten schools.
At the time, I was not that bothered. Surely it could wait? I had it all planned. My son would start kindergarten after he turns three years old.
Oh, how naive I was. As a single mother who works full-time, my son now spends his time with my (extremely generous) parents and a Labrador. My ageing parents were more than fine with this role, as he is the only grandchild, but now that my son is running, climbing and fully playing the terrible two's role, my 65-year-old father has thrown in the towel for this extreme sport of running after a toddler. I'm sure my mother will soon join the club.
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