Dear School: Please Take My Kids Back #snOMG

Dear School: Please Take My Kids Back

Addison with SledMaybe I Sound Like A Bad Parent

I love my kids, but please – please let them go to school tomorrow. Let’s back up a bit… Holiday break started back in December. Their last day of school was December 20th, to be exact. Break lasted through the remainder of December and into the first week of January. After heading back to class January 6th, they made it a whole day before having a 2 hour delay for extreme temperatures. Rinse and repeat for a second day. The two hour late start is as bad for me, if not worse than just being off all day.  At least when they are out all day, I know I can get a sitter that has the day free too.  For delays, there are always schedule conflicts.

Boy in SnowAt Least They’re Cute

We were back to regular schedule on January 9th, and managed to maintain the status quo for just over a week before having a 2 day holiday break for Martin Luther King Jr Day and a Teacher Work Day. January 22nd, back to school. January 24th, another 2 hour delay. My eye just started twitching simply because I’m thinking about it. Monday, the 27th, normal day. Tuesday, the 28th, early release due to weather. The 29th and the 30th? No school because of weather conditions. Have I lost you yet?

Let’s do the math. Since December 20th, my child has had 11 regular school days. ELEVEN.
Don’t get me wrong, we had a blast in the snow this morning. There was a fair amount of whining leading up to actually getting out there, but once they were outside (and too frozen to think straight) that all stopped. The kids genuinely had a great time playing together and I, through my chattering teeth and blinding wind-induced tears, enjoyed watching them. They are good kids, sometimes even great kids. But I need them to go back to school.

Kids SleddingIt’s Not All Bad

We were not the only family out at the hill today with our sled. 2 other families joined us before it was over. You could tell that none of the parents particularly liked standing outside in the 20 degree, windy air, but we all did it anyway. It was for our kids, and most of us will do just about anything for our kids. Except stay outside for more than 20 minutes. It was COLD! When snow time was over and we headed back inside, the bickering started. I’m sure some of it is just a result of having spent so much time together lately (11 days in school…ELEVEN) and they both miss seeing their friends on a regular basis.

They miss their routine. *I* miss their routine. So much time out of school has made it hard on my husband and me. Last minute childcare issues are no fun! We’ve been trying to alternate who takes one for the team as much as possible. What would really be cool would be if they could just go back to school on some sort of regular schedule. You, know, like a Monday to Friday one.

If you and your husband/significant other both work, what do you do when you have childcare issues? Does one of you handle holidays while the other handles sick days or do you alternate like we’ve been doing?

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15 Responses to Dear School: Please Take My Kids Back #snOMG

  1. Hubby and I were just talking about this issue the other day. Luckily Miss A’s school doesn’t follow other schools so she hasn’t been out quite as much as public, but since we don’t have family in town I’m so thankful that I don’t have a traditional job to go to it would definitely make it hard especially if you’re expected to be at work regardless of school closings/shutdowns.

    Hang in there!!

  2. Jamee says:

    When I was still working full-time, my husband and I always tried to alternate days for sickness or school closings. My husband is a youth pastor so he had a little more flexibility to work from home but my work place could have cared less about childcare situations when schools were closed (our daycare ran on the same schedule as the school system so if schools were closed, daycare was closed). We don’t have any family nearby either so it was definitely challenging at times!

    • mamamommymom says:

      I was so happy this week to get a note from our daycare telling us they would no longer follow the school closing schedule! They don’t have to deal with busing and stuff like the schools do, and definitely could’ve been open part of the time the schools were closed. Hopefully, I won’t have the need to see if it’s going to benefit us or not for the rest of the winter. I am so ready for spring!

  3. Karly says:

    I definitely hear you! I was born and raised in Minnesota and most of my family is still there (wish I was too!) so I hear about the extreme cold days quite often. The extreme cold is the only thing I do NOT miss, but the snow I do miss!

  4. Rochelle says:

    Right there with you. Right there. Eye twitching as well.

    …and did I mention that my daughter’s got a half day? Today? Like NOW?

    Just very thankful for having lots of paid time off built up at my job (been there fourteen years) — and a boss who understands and rolls with the punches.

    Lots of other parents don’t have it so easily…and I always wonder how they make it work.

    • mamamommymom says:

      My boss is really good about doing what she can to work with me. She would even let me bring both kids with me if I had too, but while one is fine, I don’t think it would be productive for me (or anyone else in the office) if I brought them both in.

  5. Triplezmom says:

    The only advantage to the “forced to freelance” situation my husband and I currently find ourselves in is that we never have to scramble on days when there’s no school, or late school, or early dismissal, or vomiting, or. . .

    • mamamommymom says:

      Yeah, when I was laid off 4 years ago, it actually turned out to be a good thing. It solved a lot of the child care issues we were having. I wish we were in the financial situation for me to work a more flexible/freelancing job, but sadly for now it’s nose to the grindstone!

  6. Melissa says:

    We missed one day for extreme temperatures but the heavy snow came right during Christmas break and the others haven’t been bad enough to miss. I’m over the snow and cold temps though but as much as I’m ready for Spring it brings bad weather around here too. Ugh! We are suppose to get snow again tonight through tomorrow.

    • mamamommymom says:

      I’m hoping one or two more rounds of bad weather will be it for us. We usually get some spring storms, but summer is always the worst for us as far as bad weather. This winter has just been weird!

  7. Amanda says:

    My poor stepdaughter has been bouncing all over the place with the Polar Vortex days here in Minneapolis. She’ll spend half a day with her mom at work, half a day with a sitter, half a day with me, a couple of hours with her dad, half a day at her dad’s work, and afternoon at home with me. All three of us work in jobs where we have client meetings we can’t cancel, so we just have to fit the kid in wherever we can. It’s been so stressful for everyone involved!

    I feel very uncharitable when I’m working from home and she wants to play and I have to attend to email or hop on a conference call. There’s only so many times you can say “just a minute” or “I have to work” before the guilt sets in.

    Yesterday was a miracle, as it was -11 during the morning rush hour, and they didn’t cancel! We were all on tenterhooks waiting.

    • mamamommymom says:

      I can’t imagine living up north and having what we’ve been dealing with down here be the norm. I was not built for this kind of weather and neither were my kids. They both very much need routine, and the work issues aside, this is hard just from that alone.

  8. Melisa says:

    My son can luckily come to work with me when he has no school so I don’t mind when he is off but if I didn’t have that opportunity then I could totally understand!!

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