Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Working moms vs. the school half-day

I'm sooo glad it's summer. And not for the reasons you are thinking. My kids are at day camp. Not only does that mean only ONE drop-off and pick-up location instead of two, but NO random half-days!

I never realized the luxury of my home daycare until I moved my little ones into preschool and then elementary school. And the bane of the half-day started.
  • Half-day on the first day of school.
  • Half-day on Halloween.
  • Half-day the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
  • Half-day the day before Christmas break.
  • Half-day some random day in February???
  • Last TWO days of school... HALF-DAY!

And half-day means 11:30 a.m. pick-up. So, not only do they get a half-day of school (I don't know what they can accomplish in that), but by the time I (or my husband) need to leave to go pick up one or both of my kids, I have barely had enough time for a meeting or two at work, let alone getting anything DONE.

Then do WHAT with the kids for the rest of the day exactly???

Any of these days my kids are already bouncing off the walls because of *insert holiday.* Now mean mommy is all "SHHH! I have to work."  And the kids are all "How much longer, mommy?  How many more meetings, mommy?"  Guilt, guilt, guilt...

This guy clearly does not have my vacation plan.

We live by our schedules. Working parents have to. Us geek parents even have geeky schedules -- check it out.

Now, if the schools could keep some consistency by -- I don't know -- realizing all these freaking half-days are killing us!

This post was brought to you by Working Mom Wednesday. The prompt was about how much working moms plan around schedules. Or something like that!


Crystal said...

I thought it was just my school district that was doing this. The half day and "early dismissals," I mean WTF.....I don't remember ever having any of this as a kid...I hate it!

kisatrtle said...

We have a half day every third wednesday just for the hell of plus all the ones y listed above

Work, Wife, Mom... Life! said...

haha... i can't wait to be a part of this (kids aren't in school yet)

Jenn said...

I am not looking forward to this when my son gets into public school. That's so crazy all the half days!!

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