Monday, January 26, 2009
Whose benefits when the school district plans their calander to include as many 3 and 4 day weekends as possible? Not the teachers, cuz they still have to work many of those Fridays and Mondays...not the working parents cuz they have to find child care for those extra days...not the teachers (again) cuz they have to squeeze the same amount of work into less days AND regroup the kids after each extended weekend. I guess it works for the kids...more days to stay up late, sleep in and put off their homework. I know many families who take advantage of mini vacations and short lines at kid friendly attractions (our district has more days off than any other I know), but what I love most is a house full of laughter and smiles. Last night I tucked in Wild Ones and friends on the futon, the floor and the couches and awoke to giggles and calls for pancakes. The phone calls started early and the number of kids has doubled. There is sledding, fort building (inside and out), games and fresh cookies from the oven. Much better than the museum and besides I don't have a car big enough to haul them anywhere!