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Would You Send Your Baby Off to Boarding School?

What's school without carpool, bus lines, permission slips, and weekend sleepovers? Boarding school! Instead of a crossing guard being on alert, a dormitory watchman or housemaster keeps tabs on the students. Parents who attended boarding schools often feel the desire to have their offspring follow in their footsteps and carry on the tradition. Alumni of the system boast about life-long friendships cultivated while living amongst their "brothers" or "sisters" as their families maintained their lives back home. Out on their own, children also become independent, raise a lil cane, and hopefully get a top-notch education. And, every night is a sleepover!

Not every pupil will be lucky enough to have a dorm mom like Mrs. Garrett or an English teacher like John Keating to show them the ways of the Dead Poets Society, but they'll likely find themselves buddies and a bit of mischief like those attending Hogwarts. Would you consider boarding school for your child?

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monicacrew monicacrew 7 years
Grace Watson is right, as long as the boarding school is reliable and safe, you could leave your child there. This enhances the child's ability to socialize with others. There are lots of boarding schools in the U.S. today. Here you can find information about boarding schools : Thank you
gidigirl gidigirl 7 years
I went to a British boarding school and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, lifelong friendships, midnight feasts and school dances. I know for certain that the experience made me the confident, independent woman that i am today. However, i have a 6 yr old son and i do not want to miss out on one second of the experience of being his mother. So my compromise is that when he turns 8 he will begin a tradition of going away every summer for a month to some of the amazing friends i made who live in many different corners of the world..Switzerland, Spain, India, Taiwan and South Africa. So he will experience culture and independence and i wont "lose" him quite so soon!!
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
i don't think i would. i'd worry that something would happen or that they would be picked on. but, when my girls are older, if they want to go i might consider it. right now i don't even want them going to college anywhere they can't drive home on the weekends, lol.
Moms Moms 7 years
Facts of Life was one of my favorite shows growing up and it made it seem like boarding school was a blast. As a mom, I think I'd miss my kids too much if they left home before college.
pattilup pattilup 7 years
i also went to boarding school and loved it. i would say it saved my relationship with my mother. it gave us the space we needed to appreciate each other. i agree that it's not right for everybody, and i think one of the keys to its working is that it's child-driven. i asked to go. now my friends who were shipped off, they're a different story.
zoorph zoorph 7 years
As with anything, it's not a simple yes/no answer. I went to boarding school at 8th grade and loved it. But I was that 3 yr old ready to go to nursery school, the first grader ready for second grade, the high school freshman ready for college... And not every kid is that self-confident or self-sufficient or ready to leave home. (I was also 10 years ahead on the "gap year" craze.) And that's ok. If my fantasy child comes to me with the idea, I'd give it a whirl.
cheersdarlin916 cheersdarlin916 7 years
Even though school can be very frustrating for both of us I would not change it. You only have your children around for such a short time the way it is I would not want to send my son away early.
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