Between January 1st and the end of the school year, Juliana is off school 8 days that are work days for me. 8 Mondays, Tuesdays or Fridays that I need to find a way to keep her busy while I work or use a vacation day. To make it even more interesting, childcare is closed for 3 of those days (President’s Day and Good Friday/Easter Monday). On those days I have to take at least a half-day and there is the possibility of working in the afternoon while they nap.
Presidents Day we had an awesome morning at the zoo and then I worked in the afternoon while Juliana was with my mom and the boys slept.
This past weekend was a 4-day weekend for Juliana, there were in-service days at school both yesterday and today. I do my best to schedule Dr, dentist and other appointments on her days off and today I scheduled haircuts for both of us. We couldn’t have an outing without a lunch date complete with grilled cheese, chicken noodle soup and milkshakes – a lunch that makes everyone happy.
I understand the need for in-service days for parent-teacher conferences and other meetings. If you add the 8 days in this half of the year and the 5 days from the first half and don’t forget Christmas break…that is over 3 weeks of days that Juliana doesn’t have school in addition to holidays. I am fortunate to have some flexibility with work and especially blessed to have the help of my parents on these occasions. I don’t know how people without help or job flexibility handle all of the random days off school.