As I was flipping the channels after dinner on Sunday I came across a story on 60 minutes on redshirting. Not familiar with this term?

Redshirting¬†for young children refers to the practice of postponing entrance into kindergarten of age-eligible children in order to allow extra time for socioemotional, intellectual, or physical growth. This occurs most frequently where children’s birthdays are so close to the cut-off dates that they are very likely to be among the youngest in their kindergarten class.

You may remember the Garanimals blog I wrote regarding having to make the decision wether to hold my youngest son back or to let him enter Kindergarten a couple months after turning five. Connor has a June birthday. That post explained my thought process behind the decision. It had nothing to do with excelling in sports or academics. It had everything to do with him surviving Kindergarten and beyond.

I am saddened that 60 Minutes put such a negative spin on redshirting. This is why I found it SO hard to make a decision regarding holding Connor back after the school administration encouraged it. The media and internet provided all negativity to redshirting and did not give the side that some people truly need to do this for their child.

They lumped all children into a category without portraying that each child needs to be considered on their own. Yes, there are parents that misuse the act of holding your child back, but this story very much made it sound like there is never a good reason to hold your child back.

Do you have any thoughts on Redshirting?


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