It is a growing trend: more and more parents are redshirting their children, holding them back one year before starting kindergarten. The idea is that an older child has an advantage against their peers. Research shows that this is not the case. On the contrary.

Kids entering school younger get on the long term better results than their older classmates. One of the main reasons is that being among more mature peers give you a strong incentive to work more, and harder. In summary, the question is simple: do you want to give your child a maturity advantage or a challenge?