Spring Travel

Taking Kids Out of School for a Spring Getaway -- Do or Don't?

Mom Moment 29

lex and calebNow that my son's at the age where I don't break out in sweat at the thought of traveling with him, I love family getaways. Every trip is like a big adventure as far as he is concerned, especially if that means hopping aboard a train (which in his mind MUST be related to Thomas) or a plane (where he can soar through the sky like Superman). Most of the time, we like to keep these trips to spring breaks or summertime, but we have found more and more opportunities to travel when school is still in. So what's a responsible mom to do?

My husband and I are huge believers in the importance of education. In fact, we don't think the school year is long enough. That said, we also believe that you only live once. If we have the chance to take our amazing little guy on a trip that we all will enjoy, we are all for it. That's especially true as the weather begins to warm up. There is nothing like being able to enjoy another city or tourist attraction when the weather hits those perfect spring temps -- around 65 to 72 degrees. Breathing in that crisp air is so refreshing, so invigorating. It really is awesome.

Usually, the only time we take our kids out of school is when they are sick. Pink eye, strep throat, the flu. Ugh. That's no fun for anyone. Why not do it for an exciting reason too. Besides, it's so important to create special memories whenever we can. It's so easy to be consumed by the responsibilities and never-ending to-do lists of everyday life. I know most days, I am on auto-pilot. Get up, cook breakfast, pick out school clothes, make lunch, find something to wear to work, rush out the door just in time. It's nice to break up the monotonous routine every once in awhile. Everyone appreciates it -- kids and parents.

So I am all for playing hooky. It's great for the whole family. Just make sure they know what a special treat it is and that skipping school isn't something that they can do all the time. It promises to be among the best family memories you will have.

Do you ever take your kids out of school for family trips?

 

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Alexa... AlexaAdams

I would on and Thursday and Friday to extend a weekend trip, but I wouldn't let them miss more than 2 days.

Marcella Shambles

I would and do  The cost of traveling is almost twice as high in the summer so any big trips, out of the country, etc, are done in the off season, school time.  We can't afford to do it much (only done it twice in 9 years), but we plan on doing more.  School work comes with us and reports to her class are done when she returns.  If we could afford to do it every year I might have a different take on it, but doing it every couple of years, not a problem for us right now.

2baby... 2babymomma

I wouldn't we schedule trips for spring break

jalaz77 jalaz77

Yup!! They only live once! Besides they get so much time off, early releases, snow days...at this point they are not missing a lot. As they get older we will reevaluate. But the kids are 7, 5 and 2.5 yrs so I don't see why not.

outer... outer.banks

We rarely take them out of school for any type of vacation.

Kmakk... Kmakksmom

We haven't yet, but may in the future depending on certain factors.

Laura Jerpseth

I despise missing school with all my heart and soul. Let me be and let me learn.

kellynh kellynh

Rarely, but yes I have

nonmember avatar Shiree

I did this for 5 days going to Disneyland. I was a good enough student I wasn't effected badly. I really wanted to read Julius Ceaser though. Lol. Senior year I had another trip during the school year, got the work ahead of time and passed the quarter still.

older... oldermomat41

We are thinking of taking our boys to Disneyland this September after school starts. Our oldest will be in Kindergarten and little one will only be 3 at that time. We want to go when it will still be magical for them and they still believe in the characters but no way will we take a toddler in the summer with hour long waits for everything, same for holiday weekends so we plan to go on a random weekday. He will miss 2-3 days of school but I don't see making a habbit of it. 

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