A few times a year the kids have to miss school for swim meets, some are three and four days long, especially the big championship meets. Up until recently we have been pretty honest but lately it has backfired.
I got lucky this weekend, in so much as two of my kids were extremely ill. Fevers and vomit stop most people dead in their tracks and the questions are minimal. I very much would have preferred lying, illness during a swim meet, especially a big one is no fun.
There are times when I have been honest. There have been times were I have danced around the truth (college visit or out of town obligation). And I have lied. For those times were I simply need to spring them early appointment has always worked. I’m sure to schedule all Doctors appointments after school so I can save those up for swim meets. The last few times though I feel like I have gotten the evil eye. It happens 3-4 times a year at most.
Our high school gave a few parents trouble today and said a swim meet was not an excused absence. While their peers were sitting in Spanish or study hall, those kids were getting Junior Nationals cuts. And failing exams because they weren’t allowed to take them. They had informed their teachers in advance they would be out and had tried to make the work up before missing school and the teachers said to wait. As far as I know none of the teachers actually cared, it was the attendance office.
I hate lying – especially when it comes to my kids but I’m starting to find it necessary. I would love to hear your thoughts. I know there are people who refuse to take their kids out of school for meets. Some who lie. Some tell the truth. Some schools are supportive and some not. So what works for you? What doesn’t? What is your threshold for telling the truth?