school delays and closings

  1. How are you moms of school age children doing with juggling childcare provisions in case of school delays and closing during this bad winter. I remember other bad winters where we parents were driven half mad with problems caused by last minute delays and closings. I finally went on steady 3-11. I actually had a friend who was a LPN, she quit working in the hospital and got hired as a school lunch assistant. She said to me, "if the kids are off I am off, if school is canceled or delayed I am canceled and delayed". It worked out pretty well for her and back then the money was the same. She had 5 kids between the ages of 6 and 12 and she just could not let them home alone. We even were part of a deligation that met with school officials to talk about the problems caused by last minute delays and cancellations. I am afraid the best we could do was get them to cancel by 7am which helped the people that worked in offices but was no use to nurses that started at 7am. PS this is no longer a problem for me but I feel for you.:spin:
  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   Mkue
    It used to be a problem when my kids were younger, I do feel for those Mom's who don't have a support system, neighbor, relative who can help them out.

    A school lunch assistant sounds like a great job, summers off !
    I only work 1 weekday a week. Odds are, if it happens, I can be home with him anyways. If not hubby would just go in late, or take him to my moms.

    I do feel for the moms without a support system.

  5. by   emily_mom
    I have a wonderful sitter, MIL (Ok, she's not wonderful...but she's available) and SIL that stays at home. So, I'm pretty covered...
  6. by   cpgrn
    Being a school nurse, this is not a problem for me. I know of people who haven't gotten fired (nurses) due to ill children. I think that's terrible. I feel that your family should come first.
  7. by   Rustyhammer
    Originally posted by oramar
    How are you moms of school age children doing with juggling childcare provisions in case of school delays and closing during this bad winter.
    I was going to answer but the question was only directed towards the Moms. You know a lot of Dads take care of their kids too and play an active role in raising their kids. When will the stereotypes end?
  8. by   oramar
    Sorry to leave you out Rusty, of course it should have said moms and dads. It makes me sad to think I excluded anyone, especially you.
    Last edit by oramar on Feb 8, '03
  9. by   CountrifiedRN
    At the moment I don't have any back up options. My youngest is 2. He's very active, and hardly ever cooperative, so I don't feel comfortable having one of my teens (13 & 16) babysit if I am in a situation that I couldn't get home quickly in an emergency. Hopefully by next year when I am working, my youngest will have calmed down some and if schools are closed I can have one of the teens babysit.
  10. by   NRSKarenRN
    We did not have parents available; very early years neighbors and I shared. Since moving in89 , husband and I have alternated staying home with kids. Since last year they've been left alone -now 14 and 17. Mom spot checks with phone calls and the BETTER call me when leaving for friends home. First time punnishment of NO TV or Ninetendo for a week was a cure.

    TWO WEEKS IN A ROW of dish duty BY HAND cured missing curfew of 17 YO too.

    It isn't easy...can't imagine being single parent.

    Was worken up by 14 yo at 605AM friday's announcement of no school cause brother checked internet site for snow closing...grr boss called 10minutes later re delayed office opening 10AM so now up 1 hr earlier...had the pleasure of having kids in driveway by 7:45AM to dig out our 2 cars by hand. Hubby left at 8AM

    Told 17 yo to use snow blower "can't if Dad not here" (Dad so has spolied them) he then couldn't start it. Neighbor rescued him--NO GAS, gas can held about 1/2 cup. Borrowed gas from Mr Gene.

    SO good ol Mom drove in opposite direction from work to get gas can filled and returned home with it to find neighbors and my driveway cleared and kids back in house.

    Told them they could now go make $$$ "not interested". How they survive on $10.00 weekly allowance amazes me....greatly concerned hubby's fear of something happening to them if outside when were not home has turned them into couch /computer potatoes with minimal work etheic...but that's another thread.
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Feb 8, '03
  11. by   oramar
    One of the worst days of my life was when I walked in the door at 4pm only to find my kids had been home all day and I did not know it. By the time they were ten and 12 they were independant enough to get to the bus at 7:15 about an hour after I left for work. They had been home alone all day and I hadn't a clue. It was a day when the roads were fine and school was cancel for someother reason. They had even stood at bus stop till 8:15, someone finally stuck head out the door and told them about the cancellation. If something had happened to them I would have went to prison. I know a lot of people would say those were not satisfactory arrangments. However I am talking about 20 years ago. It was the best I could do. Somehow childcare was all my problem. I had never met a man that shared childcarein my life. It never occured to me that it was my husbands problem as well as mine. He just came and went as he pleased without ever a thought as to what happened to the kids. Boy, would I ever do things different if I had to do it again. Matter of fact I am going to get to do it again. My daughter and her husband are expecting their first child. I already had a talk with them and let them know I will help as long I see they are both sharing the responsibity equally. Her career better be as important as his and he better be sharing the child care responsibilites equally. The minute I start to see that childcare is a female thing I will refuse to be of assistance.
  12. by   cpgrn
    Some dads are primary care givers. In my situation it is my step-son that I care for. My husband has a very demanding job and he would keep his son if he could. However, it works out for us for me to keep him most of the time since I have basically the same schedule as our boy does. If I have to work and he doesn't have school, my husband would be here for him or make arrangements. I would never leave fathers out of this intentionally. Sorry if feelings were hurt.