School Year Start Up

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Tue, 09-08-2009 - 5:00pm
Those of you with children in school, do you change your habits at all with the end of summer, beginning of the school year? If you work outside the home, does having the kids in school make it harder or easier at all for you? Those of you without out of the home employment, does your child's schedule affect yours at all?

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Tue, 09-08-2009 - 5:20pm

if WOH was going to interfere with my kids' schedule i wouldn't WOH.

 

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Registered: 05-10-2009
Tue, 09-08-2009 - 5:22pm

Those of you with children in school, do you change your habits at all with the end of summer, beginning of the school year? -- only bedtimes really.

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Registered: 01-08-2009
Tue, 09-08-2009 - 5:25pm
I'll answer my own questions. I do have to tailor my work hours around the kids' schedule more, since they have to be dropped off at a certain time and picked up at a certain time. It's not really harder or easier, but it's always on my mind. I also have less time in the evenings for work I might bring home because of driving the kids here, there, and the other place for music lessons, band practice, cross country meets, stuff like that.
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Tue, 09-08-2009 - 8:40pm
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Tue, 09-08-2009 - 9:56pm

Those of you with children in school, do you change your habits at all with the end of summer, beginning of the school year?


I have to get up much earlier during the school year.


If you work outside the home, does having the kids in school make it harder or easier at all for you? Those of you without out of the home employment, does your child's schedule affect yours at all?


School makes everything harder.

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Registered: 01-05-2000
Tue, 09-08-2009 - 10:12pm

I have adjusted my work schedule to fit around Dylan's school schedule. The last time was in 4th grade when the after school care lost a number of applications including Dylan's. When he got in, I went back to my usual schedule. Before that, it was changed because of Dylan's afternoon Kindergarten class. This year, I'm thinking of changing it so I can home school Dylan at home in the mornings on Mondays and Wednesdays instead of him doing his Language Arts and Math at the shop. He'll still go with me and do his History and Science at the shop. Also he can walk to the library on Mondays for chess club in the afternoons. I'd go in around noon and work until 5 instead of the 10 to 4 I work now. I go home early on Tuesdays so I can pick him up when his class gets out at 2:30. He's in class on Tuesdays and Thursdays. By the end of October, my hours will change anyway and I'll work less simply because there are less weddings in the late fall and through the winter around here.

Chris

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Wed, 09-09-2009 - 2:31am

School makes life both easier and harder in different ways. During the summer, dd has been going out in the evenings and sleeping till about 2. So, on most days I have made lunch to coincide with her waking up, but have had the morning quiet and free and my evenings free. OTOH, I have to be around sort of in the afternoons, and the mornings are not long enough to take care of the house, lunch and get any serious work done.

During this school year she will not be home much, because of cram school. It means that I will need to have lunch ready every day at 2, that I will be able to work in the afternoons more, but also that I will have to have a second meal ready for her when she comes home from cram school around 10-11. It is the first (and last) year of this schedule, so we will see how it goes. Oh, and I am trying to fit a full time college semester in there as well.

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Registered: 07-17-2007
Wed, 09-09-2009 - 7:13am

Those of you with children in school, do you change your habits at all with the end of summer, beginning of the school year?

Yes, we tighten up bedtimes. ODS is in Middle school and his bus comes at 7:05am. (They moved the start times 30 minutes this, last year it was 6:30am). So while we are usually up during the summer around 6:30-7:00 we have to wake up a bit earlier.

Those of you without out of the home employment, does your child's schedule affect yours at all?

Yes, of course, we wake up earlier. We don't travel to relatives (like in the summer). I start up my volunteer activities again. I don't go during the summer, although next year I will be able to if I want as they are old enough to be left alone for significant amount of time. I get my errands done during the day rather than at the edges. We are more structured during the school year - summers are more relaxed- despite this summer when we were out of town so much.

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Wed, 09-09-2009 - 9:15am
Those of you with children in school, do you change your habits at all with the end of summer, beginning of the school year? I come into work earlier now that both kids are in school.
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Wed, 09-09-2009 - 10:55am
Heard you all had a nice surprise vacation. Hope it was fun!

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