I feel like since I was a kid everything has become extravagant. Think about it: remember McDonalds play land? They had one beat down merry-go-round, and your parents had to literally peel your ass off of it to go home. The thrill of spinning around at a speed slower than a 90 year old woman kept us begging for more.
Nowadays, you have full on kid gyms, bounce houses (that are the size of my house), and play lands that make any adult wish they were a kid again. Toys range from iPads, to complex magna blocks. Even I need to read the instructions on half this sh*t just to explain to my kid how it works. What the hell happened to good ole wooden blocks or slinky’s?
When I was in pre-school we learned numbers, colors, finger painting and how to mind our P’s and Q’s. Granted I didn’t grow up in an affluent arena, however even those rich kids would agree that today our kids are bombarded with much higher expectations.
As parents who want the best our little one, we too enrolled him a one of ‘those’ schools.I will admit I am slightly jealous of S. Because of his parents’ hard work and sacrifice this kid goes to a school that literally looks like Disney inside. They spend their days learning music, computers (on top of the line Mac’s), journalism (with a camera crew and news studio), Spanish in the Biblioteca, and of course, Mandarin. What? Really? I didn’t learn how to say hello in Spanish until seventh grade, let alone Mandarin!
With extravagance come costs. Husband and I sold our kidney’s on the black market to pay the tuition. I kid, I kid. Joking aside, his tuition is slightly lower than what I paid for my college tuition. Granted that was in the 90’s but still, WTF. Luckily we only have one kid for now. When the next one comes along, it will come down to which one of those fools is smarter. The smarter one will be the one to go to the good school. Better start brain-boosting now Sebastian, the competition is going to be stiff.