Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Am I wrong?

I need some feedback please.  Sabrina's school has a field trip planned for the early childhood kids (preschool through K, I think) to a young-kid-friendly amusement park that, for the sake of anonymity, I will just say is significantly more than 2 hours from her school.  I am not planning for her to go.  I think that it is too far away, it has no educational value, I would have to go (meaning I would have to take a day off from work when I have a grand total of one vacation day accrued), and there would be a huge risk of Sabrina not following directions in a very large, unstructured environment.  

Am I wrong?  The permission slip is due tomorrow and now I'm having second thoughts.


  1. I think it's a ridiculous trip but the answer is not that simple. Does she want to go? How will she react if all the kids start talking about it in class? Is everyone else going. Is there someplace she loves that you could offer her as an alternative? If you do decide to let her go take the car rather than traveling on the school bus so if she is overwhelmed you can leave. This is yet another confirmation that her school is less than stellar.

  2. Kids are supposed to have fun too you know. If they didn't think they could handle her, they wouldn't take her.


  3. If you can figure out a way to send her without having to also take the day off of work, then go ahead and send her. However, if you must go with her, then I'd keep her home.

    I know this is going to sound selfish and harsh, but your first obligation is to yourself. If you only have one day of vacation accrued at your new job, then you'd be wise to save it for a day you really need it. Yes, kids are supposed to have fun, but not to the point where their parents have to miss work.

    Besides, how is it going to look to your new employer if you are asking for time off right after you start? If I had employees, I'd be taking a pretty dim view of someone who was asking for time off within the first six months of being hired, unless they had told me they would need the time off during their pre-employment interviews.