Yes, I let my kids stay home from school even when they aren’t sick because sometimes they need a day off and they really aren’t doing anything anyways!
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In Texas staying home from school is a big no-no. If your kids are sick you can call the school, but without a doctor’s note it is marked unexcused. Do they really expect us to run our kids to the doctor for a 24-hour fever? I swear they promote kids going to school sick! Regardless of this, kids can only miss 10 days of school in a 6 month period. If they miss more you will be forced to go to court and pay up to $500.00 in truancy fines. $500! Who has that kind of money for their kids being sick?
The other day though Colby came home from school saying, “Mom, tomorrow I get to sit in a classroom and do nothing!”
He began to explain that it was State Testing Day for Math and since he took the Math test last year (He’s in Algebra as an 8th grader) he didn’t have to take it this year. Therefore, they were just going to have all the kids that took it last year sit in a classroom all day…
Well, sit in a classroom all day or hang out with mom?
He chose to hang out with Mom!
So Yes! We did a couple jobs in the morning. Then, we went out to lunch. He taught me to play a game or two. Overall, it was a great day of bonding! We don’t get very many of those anymore with how busy we are!
So there you have it! Yes, I let me kids stay home when they really aren’t sick because honestly, they need a day off once in awhile. And if they are just going to sit in a classroom they might as well spend the day with me! Who’s with me on this?
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Michele is a Family Life Educator. She is a mom to 5 kids and loves helping others strengthen their families! When she is not blogging she is spending time with her family and running around drinking Diet Coke trying to get everything done!