This is going to make me very unpopular with my son when he’s old enough to understand that mommy can be a cold-hearted cow at times, but "snow days" are nonsense. There. I said it. Children should definitely still go to school when it’s snowing.
Do you know how many days I had off as a child because of the snow? Zero. Zip. Zilch. None. Mind you, I did live in the North, and we’re made of tough stuff up there. But that’s not why I’m so vehemently against our little darlings having a day off when a few snowflakes have fallen from the sky. My problem with snow days is, who exactly looks after the kids?
If you are lucky enough to have grandparents who live close enough, are willing to, and are able to help out, then you have no idea how lucky you are, and I am more than a little envious. But what about those parents who have no family around them? Or those whose folks are not in a position to help, either because they work themselves, or because they’re a bit frail, or simply because they have other things to do with their retirement. Who looks after the children then?
Oh, right. It’s their moms, isn’t it? So the mom has to either take a day off work using up a precious vacation day, or, as in my case, not be paid at all for missing a day of work. And as for working from home with your little ones quietly playing and requiring no attention from you whatsoever — Ha! And yes, the dad could take a day off, of course he could. But who does the school call first? Thought so.
Look, I know there are people out there whose actual cars are buried in the white stuff. And if it would be dangerous for you (or the staff) to travel, of course, don’t do that. But to call for a snow day the second a few flakes fall from the sky? Do me a favor. Until a snow day applies to adults too, and the law states that they must be paid for having the day off, keep the schools open, please. And if the law does change, heck, I’ll be the first one praying for snow.
This post was written by Georgina Terry. For more, check out our sister site Mother & Baby.