Being a parent who just pulled her 2 older children out of school for 3 days for a WDW vacation I’m chiming in.
I didn’t plan the time my vacation happened. My in laws did. Since they payed for over 1/2 of it, I went with the dates they chose. My mil is a teacher in Illinois and they were let out just after Memorial Day. So it was a no brainer for her. She chose right before the Florida crowds got busy in WDW and right after she got out so she’d have her full summer to rest and plan her next school year. My kids got out today, the 16th. They missed 3 days of the last full week of school. Big whoop imo. I e-mailed both teachers, who reassured me they’d be missing nothing but a few review sheets, cleaning out their desks and watching movies like Toy Story and Lion King. Umm hello I’m going to Disney, which is MUCH better than a dvd. lol.
I made the kids work hard and try not to miss any school this year in anticipation of the trip. They missed 1 day and 0 days respectively until the trip.
To me family time is very important, the fact that the kids will not get a 2nd childhood is just as important. They are only young once. My oldest is 10 and while it seems like yesterday I was holding a brand spanking new baby, it wasn’t. If they have to miss a few days of school for a family vacation, to anywhere, they will.
I do not take their education lightly in any regards and hope that they learn to balance fun and work like any person should. I worked really hard to take them to Disney and will do so this coming year for our next trip.
I try to schedule appointments, trips, etc around school the rest of the year. This one time didn’t hurt them one bit. If the child is chronically absent or late, etc then I can see it being an issue in regards for their education. Otherwise, it’s family time.
One day when you have kids, you too will think like most of us do. I too thought like you, we all have thought “What the heck?” at times over families doing things we as non parents thought they shouldn’t. In the end, to only do the same thing when we too became parents.
I :wub: my kids