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As a parent, good education for your child is probably one of the most important things on your priority list. And rightfully so. As they say, good education takes time and a lot of money, but it’s one of the few things that can never be taken away from the kids wherever they go.
Of course, not all schools are created equal. There is the usual Californian public school setup where kids from all walks of life converge. Then there are the sectoral private schools, which are centered around upholding a specific value or belief system, usually religion. Then there are boarding schools, and in this article, we present to you why a boarding school can be good for your child.
A boarding school can really push children to functional independence
Don’t get us wrong, being at home is probably one of the best feelings ever. It is where we are most comfortable, and life there is just a lot easier than anywhere else. However, in order for us to stand on our own two feet, leaving home is absolutely necessary.
This is what happens to your child when they start attending a good boarding school. Sure, the experience might be a little uncomfortable at first, not only for the child but also for you as a parent.
You will miss each other. And there will be this feeling of homesickness. But the stay there will instill independence and can even push your child to discover their own identity.
Boarding schools impose strict rules, so discipline is surely underway
When they talk about the ‘horrors’ of boarding school, a lot of students might just be referring to the strict house rules in place. There are curfews and quite early call times. There are dress codes and general codes of conduct to follow. To some, it seems like they are in a military boot camp every day.
This might sound harsh, but to you as a parent, this should sound like good news. The discipline that your kid will get from this kind of regimented environment will surely take them a long way.
Everyone loves a well-groomed and highly disciplined individual, especially potential employers!
The social environment in boarding schools will make your kid see the importance and the inevitableness of resource sharing
No matter how expensive the boarding school of your choice is, your kid will still be in a situation wherein they have to share resources. It might be that they will be made to wait for their turn to use the bathroom or even the common room.
Most of the time, food comes in pre-measured portions and nothing more. These things might be new to your child, especially if they are the only one in your family. But this will paint a good picture of what the outside world is like, where sharing is important, if not totally unavoidable.
California boarding schools can also have their own share of disadvantages as well. At the top of the list would be the price. But if we are to ensure our kids’ futures, a little sacrifice surely wouldn’t hurt.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.