If you believe that you are providing a loving, stimulating home environment for your 3-year-old, I would not be concerned about whether or not she should attend a preschool. Long before the notion of preschool, kids flourished and matured as they creatively explored the world of their home and family and the world of nature. Whether it be a trip to the local children's library or hunting for sea shells, there are many ways that a parent can offer a young child a chance to explore, to create, to imagine, and to play, based upon her own natural interests and curiosities. If you think that you'd like to see if a preschool experience would enhance your little girl's life, enroll her in a part-time program that you believe matches her needs. But please don't do so simply because "everyone else" is doing it. You know your child better than anyone else and I trust that you'll always act in her best interest.
Feeling Pressured to Put Child in Preschool
Toddler and Teenager Expert Advice from Carleton Kendrick, Ed.M., LCSW