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But Why Can’t They Start School?


I am dealing with the arbitrary school cut off date and it makes me sad.

Everyone said that with twins I could expect them to come early. So many people, in fact, I believed them. So when I ended up being induced it was now January and we had skipped the school cut off for registration in 2016. I figured it would be okay I mean after all sometimes twins need more since they are smaller etc. Well not mine! At 7.5lbs and 6lbs they were full size babies and hit every milestone on or ahead of time.

Fast forward to now. They are three and potty trained, can count to 20, know their alphabet, are beginning to read and write their names and more. No, I am not bragging I am just saddened that come September they will not be able to start school. They can do way more than my son could when he started and more than our neighbor who will be starting school but due to their birthday they will be left behind.

I get it. There have to be rules and dates but I hate to see them have to wit another year because I am worried I will not be able to challenge them enough at home, especially with the new baby coming. They are sad too and they see their bug brother (SK) going everyday ad doing his homework and they want to be like that too.

I try to tell myself it will be good and they will be ahead of the pack. I know parents with kids born in December who faced the opposite problem in that their kids had to start when they weren’t ready so I suppose that’s worse but frustrating all the same.

So let me hear your views. Anyone else out there with January babies who went through this or December babies who maybe weren’t ready? I’d love to hear your stories too.



About Shannon

I am a university educated full-time working mother of four children. Proudly Canadian, I freeze my butt off along with my loving partner, two dogs and a cat. I hope you enjoy reading my posts as much as I love writing them, but if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all.


4 thoughts on “But Why Can’t They Start School?

  1. Our cut off date is September 1. My due date with #1 was August 28 – she came September 2. My #2 came on September 14. I used to want to fight to get them in early, but I’ve finally accepted that they will go when they go. I have a couple family members who were the very youngest in their classes, and even though they are really smart, they struggled. Quitting my job to stay home with them helped me accept it too, so I’m not paying the ridiculous day care costs for a whole extra year.

    Posted by Rebekah | May 24, 2016, 8:34 am
  2. I was a first grade teacher for several years before staying home with my kids. I can say that there is a big difference between kids maturity, you can almost tell who has a late summer birthday (close to the cut off date) and those who don’t. I’m not saying your kids have a maturity problem but what I am saying is that’s one of the reasons, I believe for the cut off.

    Posted by amandamae | May 24, 2016, 3:39 pm
    • I totally agree and for my son for instance he would not have been ready. I just don’t want them to fall behind because I can’t challenge them as much at home (I also work full time and share the load with dad and my parents). Thanks for reading and commenting šŸ˜Š

      Posted by Shannon | May 24, 2016, 5:52 pm

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