We learn a whole lot in our child's first year, although it may seem like we're just hanging on by a thread the entire time. By the time kids begin to exit the toddler years, we're lucky to start transitioning out of survival mode and can perhaps get a full night of sleep!
As our focus moves towards daycare and preschool, a subconscious shift also tends to happen - from child development, to education (by others) and helping our children to acquire knowledge.
A love of learning is grounded in the curiosity that we're all born with. When our children are young, we support them in learning but as they get older, we assume they need someone else - someone with more expertise - to take over as they enter school. After all, we don't have a master's degree in a related topic or a teaching credential, so how could we possibly teach effectively?
If we instead see that our child's curiosity can guide us and our role is more of a connector than a teacher, then we release ourselves of the burden of having to hold all the knowledge - of having to know everything our child needs to know.
And fostering a love of learning outside of school can create a better in-school experience.