I really don't mean to be controversial and am not trying to offend anyone, but was just wondering if you would ever say anything to a friend about their parenting decisions. I don't mean just criticize over trivial little matters, but if you actually think they might need a different perspective for the best interests of the child?
In my specific case I have a friend with 4 children, the youngest is old enough to have started kindy this year but my friend is a SAHM and I guess finding it difficult to accept that her youngest is growing up so decided not to send her to kindy but rather keep her at home. I am sympethetic to her and understand it must be difficult for her.
She told me the other day she had decided not to send her youngest to prep next year either because it's not mandatory and she'd rather just have her at home. She wasn't really looking for my opinion, just general chatting so I didn't really comment, just changed topic, however I feel like she's making a mistake.
Her youngest is a bright child, probably because she has three older siblings, and she knows her numbers and letters and basic addition and can identify small words. To my friend this means she wouldn't really be missing out on much. The thing is this little girl is not very well socialised. She's babied a lot at home and can get away with tantrums etc. she has a very hard time sharing or when others get attention. She rarely will do as she's told and finds it very hard to be away from her mum. I really worry that she will have a tough time at school and I think missing out on the socialization of Kindy and Prep will only make it harder for her.
I don't want to criticize my friend, I just really care about her and her children and think maybe my friends fear of her children becoming independent and her needing to find a new role for herself apart fom full time SAHM is clouding her judgement.
Would you say something or leave it and let her do what suits her?