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My husband and I said we would stop pulling our kids out of school for travel once they hit high school. Grades are too important for college. See 5 Tips for Pulling Kids Out of School for Vacation. It’s a controversial subject with parents, for sure.
Well, it’s confession time. We recently pulled our high school junior out of school for two days for a trip. Why?
I blame the pandemic. So many important events have been canceled. Like many others, our kids have missed out on Homecoming dances, class parties, field trips, concerts, etc. Missing those events, along with the never-ending passage of time, has changed our perspective. Time and experiences have become more precious.
Last year, we made plans for my husband and son to travel to the Laver Cup tennis competition in Boston. They planned to fly out on a Friday night and fly back on Sunday night so they wouldn’t miss school. With these schedule restraints, they would miss part of the event.
The event was postponed due to Covid. Then earlier this year, it was re-scheduled for the same venue in Boston. We noticed that the dates miraculously did not conflict with any of our son’s school tennis matches. The following year, the event will take place in London, which is not convenient for a weekend trip. So, we decided to re-purchase tickets and re-book the trip.
But this time, we arranged their flights so that they would see the entire event. My son would have to miss two days of school. Based on the way his school has a block schedule, missing two days means missing only one day of each class. My son has matured the last few years, and we determined that he could handle making up the work.
The Laver Cup was last weekend. My son was living his best life there, seeing his hero and U.S. Open Champion Daniil Medvedev play live.
I’m not making big plans to pull him out for a week next year. Making up school work is a bit of a pain.
But in this case, he and I both agree that missing school for this special event was totally worth it. Even though I broke my own rule, circumstances and perspective changes. No regrets. Carpe-diem.
Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.