Would you look a gift snow day in the mouth?

I am hearing from lots of friends that they do NOT want a snow day on the first day back to school. Teachers and parents alike are saying it’s time to go back and they don’t want another day off.

One teacher friend from Gwinnett said she doesn’t need a break now. The snow should try her later in February.

Several moms on Facebook expressed that they just want the kids out of their houses and back at school.

Since I now live in a city that rarely gets rain much less snow I think I would be excited about one more day’s reprieve from getting up at 6 a.m. I am already looking forward to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

So do you want a snow day or not? Are your kids ready to get back to school? Are you done with the holidays?

38 comments Add your comment

Mayhem

January 6th, 2014
5:58 am

If you don’t want your kids around, why did you have them?

This is very sad to me. One day, those kids will be gone for good, and you will wish you had one more day with them! Enjoy them while you can!

iRun

January 6th, 2014
6:32 am

APS doesn’t go back to school until Tuesday anyway, so my son is home no matter what.

iRun

January 6th, 2014
6:37 am

@Mayhem, I believe the issue is a lot of parents have to go to work, so figuring out what to do with kids during winter break can sometimes be a hassle. It’s easier when they’re in middle school or high school.

Speaking for myself, I have a middle schooler and I am lucky enough to have a generous amount of vacation days so I took the whole two weeks off. We’ve been enjoying things. Though, it’s a daily hassle to negotiate over how much video games/electronics are allowed. My kid will haggle to get permission to play for hours but we are steadfast at one hour in the morning and one in the afternoon. Otherwise, there’s these things called books. And bikes. And outside.

malleesmom

January 6th, 2014
7:18 am

Our kids went back to school last Thursday. (MN) The Governor announced on Friday there would be no school today. Not sure that I would have sent them to school today if they had not cancelled.

A

January 6th, 2014
7:44 am

Fulton doesn’t go back ’til Tuesday, when it’s supposed to still be very frigid. And like @Mayhem, I don’t get the mentality of moms who can’t wait for their kids to be out of the house. If you’re sick of your kids, you should have thought about that before you had them. I have no sympathy or patience for that attitude…especially when it comes from SAHMs.

motherjanegoose

January 6th, 2014
7:48 am

To me, it is nicer to have a random snow day than one tacked onto 2 weeks you are already off due to Christmas. I do not get paid when there is no school and thus I have to reschedule my visits to the school and that is a hassle no matter what. Trying to re-work folks into a full calendar. Oh well, there are lots of other things far worse. .

@ iRun…good for you and your son!

@malleesmom… I have been thinking about you with all of this cold weather. Whew! You really are getting hammered! Sorry I did not call you back. It was great to chat with you and we will did it again. I hope you can stay inside. I read about the wind chills in MN and WOW!

motherjanegoose

January 6th, 2014
7:52 am

I am wondering how they will get these southern buses moving on a morning when the temps are in the single digits. I believe it is harder with diesel (?) but have no first hand experience. We will see tomorrow! Lucky my car is in the garage.

@ A….I always wonder about those who have an entire brood of kids…6 or so. What will they do when they get to MS. HS or ever college. CAN WE SAY EXPENSIVE? Not sure they think about this when they are small. I have a friend who has 11 children. I do not know how he does it but he does. His wife does not work. She home schools too!

malleesmom

January 6th, 2014
7:59 am

@MJG – no worries. We’ll chat again at some point. Yes, it is crazy, wicked cold. You know it is bad when the Governor gets involved LOL.

FCM

January 6th, 2014
8:02 am

Here at work we think that school will be out in Metro tomorrow. Too cold to have the kids at the bus stop…we simply do not have the gear for it that they have in say NY. TWG you will be wishing for those AZ days come this time next year! ;)

@ Mayhem–I think it is more that by the end of 2 weeks the kids have “cabin fever”. Mine have it and they spent the last week in FL. Oldest said she was very anxious to get back to studying and the various activities coming up in the next several months.

They cancelled school in Michigan (Troy) and that just means really bad weather.

motherjanegoose

January 6th, 2014
8:25 am

@ malleesmom…”DO it again soon” wow I need to pay attention to what I type. I am a terrible typist.

@ FCM…I am in your court on the cold with school. Many kids do not even have the clothes they need when it is 40 outside. I have seen Kinders in tank tops and sandals with socks. Of course, that could be the parents who do not want to argue about what they wear to school. One year, it was 25 outside and I needed to get to Cobb( for a 9:30 show). I prepared to leave at 7:45. WRONG. There were so many parents driving their child to school that I could not get out of our neighborhood. We have one way in and out. I had to call the school and tell them I might be late.

It is supposed to be in the 50s but Friday…we can do this…haha!

A

January 6th, 2014
8:48 am

Even though we are in Georgia, everyone here (especially kids) should have some solid winter weather gear even though we don’t need it on a daily basis. I live in an affluent area and still see idiot parents sending their kids to school in shorts, t-shirts and hoody in the middle of winter. These are people that can easily afford winter coats, hats and gloves. As someone else stated, maybe they don’t want to fight with their kids over what they wear, but when it’s single digits out there like it will be tomorrow, at some point the parent has to lay down the law.

malleesmom

January 6th, 2014
9:02 am

Devil’s advocate on the cold weather gear….our Gwinnett middle school did not have space for students to store their outerwear so kids didn’t wear it. The lockers were small, square ones not large enough to hold much (at the middle school anyway). In the case of my oldest, she was not able get to her locker at day’s end so that meant carrying around her stuff half the day anyway. Lightening the load was the norm. Even here in MN, I see students walk out of the middle schools/high school without winter gear. crazy.

janice

January 6th, 2014
9:29 am

a lot of metro atlanta schools don’t go back til tuesday. teacher work day today. i feel bad for the teachers that will have kids that have been out of class for over 2 weeks. will take them a week to get back into the routine of going to school. then probably a week after being back full time, flu will start in the schools, making kids absent more time.

yes it’s cold here, and unfortunately most folks don’t know how to dress for it. layers. the public schools will probably close on tuesday due to extreme temps here in ga.

buses….just have to get to the bus yard early and crank they. they should do that to day to prime the parts since they’ve been dormant for 2 weeks. just like with personal automobiles, you must warm up the vehicle on these bitterly cold days before driving.

Johnny Too Good

January 6th, 2014
10:23 am

“Several moms on Facebook expressed that they just want the kids out of their houses and back at school.”

Funny how some parents cant stand their own kids, but somehow expect teachers and the world to put up with them lol Guess public schools are just there for babysitting purposes only

A

January 6th, 2014
10:25 am

I wouldn’t be surprised if Fulton and other systems close tomorrow. Cherokee and Atlanta schools are closed today. Honestly people, it’s cold but nothing to close schools down over. The roads are clear, so is it just because people here can’t dress appropriately? How sad!

Hidden Agenda

January 6th, 2014
10:30 am

So many parents treat the government schools as their “free daycare” it should come as little surprise that they loathe these days they are forced to be with their kids. As the first poster asked, why have them then?

Now I certainly appreciate the problems when your regular daycare provider shuts down and you need to find another but re-orienting your life so that you are able to homeschool would solve all of those issues and a day home in the cold would be just another day for great learning adventures.

WitchyWoman

January 6th, 2014
10:33 am

I don’t think its so much that the parents don’t want to be with their kids or be around them, but more that after a time being around ANYONE all day for days on end can get wearing. I know because I homeschool my daughter and let me tell you their are days that I am ecstatic when she goes to karate or robotics class. There are also days when I couldn’t imagine her being anywhere but with me. I love my husband, but if I had to be around him 24 hours a day for a month, I would lose my mind. People need personal space and should take little breaks away from each other from time to time. Most of people don’t realize this because they generally work outside the home and their kids are at school…that means they get time apart.

WitchyWoman

January 6th, 2014
10:39 am

@ Hidden Agenda…I know plenty of homeschooling parents that sometimes want a break from their kids so that isn’t always the answer either. All you have to do is find some of the homeschooling blogs to read about the depression and hopelessness some of them feel sometimes because they can’t get away. It’s not about not wanting or not loving their kids. Sometimes people just need a break….even if it is only after being with their kids for 2 weeks straight.

Busy Mom

January 6th, 2014
12:47 pm

I think I’m at the opposite end…my kids really need to get back to school and the routine because they are starting to bug each other. I would love another day at home though. I need to get all of the Christmas decorations down and am not ready to get back into the routine, especially when it’s 8 degrees!

motherjanegoose

January 6th, 2014
1:21 pm

Looks like some schools have already called for tomorrow.

Cheez Whiz is cheese peeing?

January 6th, 2014
1:40 pm

Would you look a gift snow day in the mouth?

What does that mean? What is a gift snow day? How does a gift snow day have a mouth? Is this what is taught a UGA?

xxx

January 6th, 2014
1:54 pm

Cheez,

Beliieve me, I get where you are coming from,the mere idea that a snow day can somehow be chosen as to make it more parent friendly is just dumb. The expression, “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth” is what is being parapharased here and was used back when a horse was seen as a very valuable gift because they were the main source of transportation and labor. Back then, when receiving a horse as a gift, it was considered bad manners to check the horse’s mouth for signs of failing health since it was a seen as being very generous. .

Stacey

January 6th, 2014
2:18 pm

My county was due to go back tomorrow but I just got word that they are closed tomorrow. My son is very excited because he is not ready to go back. He’s in middle school and able to stay home while we’re at work. My husband had already said he would just have to be late for work tomorrow because we didn’t want him to have to wait at the bus stop (less than 1/4 mile from home) because he usually as to wait anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes for his bus in the mornings.

Hidden Agenda

January 6th, 2014
2:25 pm

At least with a real snow day (snow on the ground) there is something outside for the kids to enjoy despite the cold weather. 5 degrees, high winds, and frozen ground do not a fun day make (even if it is a day away from school).

@ A

January 6th, 2014
2:33 pm

” I have no sympathy or patience for that attitude…especially when it comes from SAHMs.”

What a liar! Your disdain and jealously for SAHM’s is quite apparent. Please, if you couldn’t care for your children without being so career and self absorbed – then why did you bother having them for someone else to raise them?

I have no patience or sympathy for your ilk either! Your apples won’t fall far from the tree … Rotten to the core!

Good Grief

January 6th, 2014
2:36 pm

A snow day would not be a gift. That’s what all those built in make up days are for. 180 days are mandatory. What they give they will eventually take away!

A

January 6th, 2014
3:14 pm

Um, ranter above. My child has never been in daycare and I’ve never paid for childcare except the occasional sitter at night. I’m also not a SAHM. I’m a Work at Home Mom. I’m just puzzled by the attitude that SAHMs and others have about getting their kids out of the house…similar to what Mayhem expressed in the first comment. I don’t understand the mentality.

WORKING

January 6th, 2014
3:41 pm

GCPS just cancelled. I work to be able to have children. What do they expect me to do with my children tomorrow? It’s cold, it not like it is snow or ice! Our kids need to be in school. I guess they will be fine by themselves at home with no parent as usual.

@ A

January 6th, 2014
3:46 pm

Again, you are a LIAR! Please don’t bother trying to convince us otherwise. I feel sorry for your kids raised to be liars! You reap what you sew! Karma!

A

January 6th, 2014
3:48 pm

Work at home parents are the absolute worst. Pretending to work and pretending to parent at the same time. What a farce!

A

January 6th, 2014
3:52 pm

Um, why all the hate and how am I a liar? I simply agreed with Mayhem that I do not understand when moms say they are ready for their kids to get back to school. How does that make me a liar? I am incredibly fortunate to be able to make a living by working from home. how is that the worst. If I were pretending to work, trust me, my work would dry up pretty quickly.

motherjanegoose

January 6th, 2014
4:12 pm

“You reap what you sew?” What does that mean?

I have always worked, for the past almost 40 years. Full time and part time too. Some adults go crazy when their kids are home with them for extended time periods. This is typically due to lack of boundaries. I enjoyed being home with my two, for the most part. I had no trouble telling them to give me some space or find something to do. Then again, I had a boy and a girl and they were five years apart. Not a lot of bickering between them. Oh yes, they did test the waters sometime but it was not ongoing.

I suppose if you have 4 or more kids home ( and arguing) for days on end, that could drive you nuts. I never wanted that and so that is why I had two: a boy and a girl.

@ Witchy…I know people who retire and take trips in a camper, with their spouse. They spend 24/7 with them. That will never happen with me. I too need some space. A camper is way too small! A hotel room is way too small. A condo might be o.k. haha!

motherjanegoose

January 6th, 2014
5:23 pm

@xxx….thanks for sharing the meaning of looking a gift horse in the mouth. I have heard the term often but did not have a clue it meant that. Interesting for sure!

Maude

January 6th, 2014
5:53 pm

I always wonder when parents do not want their kids around. I also have never met a teacher that did not welcome a “snow” day.

beth

January 6th, 2014
7:00 pm

I don’t think it’s that parents don’t want their kids around, it’s just that this particular snow day attached itself to 2 plus weeks of Christmas break. If it had been a random day in Feb, those same parents would be loving it.

I am a stay at home mom and love having my kids at home. But after the craziness of Christmas, I am looking forward to a break. The build up to Christmas has them super excited and bouncing off the walls. And of course, all sports/activities are on hiatus so can’t get energy out that way. Then there is the mess/clean up from Christmas (we had relatives from out of state staying with us), then there is build up for New Year and my 6 and 8 year old LOVE getting to stay up late. And once all of the Christmas/New Year excitement has died there is the… dare I say… boredom that comes from spending so much time inside the house. We have played all of our board games multiple times, video games, just dance, ipad games, watched several new movies. The kids currently have every pillow and every blanket from every single room/sofa/bed in the house in use as a giant fort at the moment. I love them, but I need a break. I would like to have some time to do a “real” christmas clean up and not have to make sure they have sufficient entertainment for another day that they won’t be able to go outside. Doesn’t mean I don’t love them or love spending time with them, just means sometimes we need a break from each other.

BehindEnemyLines

January 6th, 2014
7:29 pm

I’m completely on board with Mayhem’s definitive opening comment. I can’t fathom wishing your kid off to school — and that’s after 15 years of parenting — and have considered those sentiments perhaps one of the truly saddest commentaries around.

DB

January 6th, 2014
9:02 pm

I saw a cute quote on Facebook yesterday: “Snow days are God’s way of telling teachers ‘Yes, I love you!’”

I had my two adult children home for almost two weeks over this holiday — it was glorious! Yes, I did a lot more cooking than I usually do, and yes, there was constant laundry and coordinating with multiple people for events was sometimes challenging — but it was a rare gift, these days, to have my whole family together.

Love those kids, folks — they grow up so fast.

motherjanegoose

January 7th, 2014
10:00 am

Ditto DB, on your last line. I enjoyed my adult children over the Christmas break too!