Snow politics and spending time with your children

The following was sent to us by a member:

Does anyone else find that snow clearly highlights the differences between us as regards to the value of spending time with children?

Some people want children to go to school come what may,  so as not to miss a single lesson  (how awful that would be to miss a few formal lessons!!!  – they’d probably be sitting on their bottoms on a hard floor being ‘minded’ anyway as the teacher probably hasn’t been able to make it;   yes they might enjoy snowball fights with their mates,  but don’t they have friends in the neighbourhood at home too?).

Others are content to stay at home and enjoy the beautiful conditions (yes it’s a pain after a while,  but how exciting for the children).

Some couples fall out as to who should stay at home and who should struggle to work. Other couples, who have already organised their lives so that one person takes care of the children, can feel happy they don’t have these domestic conflicts!

I have to ‘shut up’  today  (our first snow day) as I clearly don’t have the same views as the majority of the people in my street!!! – eg, comments I have heard:

Why should I be the one who stays at home with the kids?

Why is his job more important than mine?

What do they (the bus companies) expect us to do exactly?

It’s ridiculous to close the school until mid-day!

Moan moan moan…..Off to play snowballs now!

2 Responses to “Snow politics and spending time with your children”

  1. Alan Says:

    When schools are closed the real value of them becomes apparent: child-minding, not education. You rarely hear a parent complaining about the education their children will be missing through the school being closed.

  2. Mari Says:

    You hear people say how ‘wimpy’ parents are if they didn’t clear the driveway, tackle the roads and send the kids to school. I really object to this and wonder if the wimpy ones are actually mums/dads who can’t bring themselves to stay at home and enjoy their children’s company all day long, chatting, playing, reading, dare I say maybe even catching up on some domestic ‘real-life-education’, like cleaning and cooking, writing letters for Christmas etc Stuff of everyday life. It does sound idealistic I know (and yes we do have times when we’re just doing nothing much at all) but there’s more to education than what’s provided in a school building surely?
    Of course it’s different for the older ones who are preparing for exams that will impact on their futures, but the little ones?? (Of course, silly me, I forgot that unless parents are active in paid work then we’re not being ‘productive’ are we?) Never mind the thousands of lonely elderly people and others who could do with a hand – or a bit of company – in this cold weather…. things that can’t be measures in pounds and pence.
    I sincerely take my hat off to all the wonderful people who DO make it to work (my partner being one of them this morning – and it could be mum or dad – this isn’t about gender politics or mums being stuck at the kitchen sink), but sometimes I just think we get the balance all wrong in terms of someone being available for the children and good old common sense about being safe on the roads. Why do unnecessary journeys? Why make people feel guilty and inadequate if they don’t make it to school for a few days?

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