Are School Events Scheduled for Non-Working Parents?

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Dani Shapiro, a writer and mother, wrote a piece on the Huffington Post the other day about having to miss her 8 year old son’s school play despite her best efforts to attend. She posed an interesting question that I have to wonder about myself. “Why would a performance of a school play be scheduled for nine o’clock in the morning?”

Since my son isn’t of school age, I never think about stuff like this. But it does make me worry about the day I do. I don’t plan on being a stay at home parent forever, so what kind of balancing act will my husband and I find ourselves in? And until then, there will surely be days when he will have to miss events because of work. Maybe I’m jumping the gun here, but the piece certainly made me pause for thought.

Published on June 20th, 2007 - 2 Comments
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  1. As a child, I remember my activities being held in the evenings and weekends, but my nieces, who are in grade school now, have most of their events during the day. My sister is a single mom, and can’t always get those days off.

    I worry that even if one of us can work from home or stay at home while raising our future kids, only that parent will get to experience all of the child’s school events. It’s kind of depressing!

    Comment by Clever Dude — Jun 20th 2007 @ 2:20 pm
  2. be prepared to either miss most of your kids events or alot of work on very short notice which your employer will eventually punish you for. rarely do schools schedule anything after work.
    if you & your husband are careful + fortunate, you can trade off who gets to attend what.
    good luck 🙂

    Comment by a_m_m_b — Jun 21st 2007 @ 6:26 pm

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