Dear School: Please Take My Kids Back
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.
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.
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?