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Do you always take off work to attend your kids school functions?”

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  • So far, I've made it to the "performance" functions. The ones they have during the day (like "Thanksgiving lunch") are not well-attended anyway, so I don't sweat those. Considering it's a daycare, most likely the vast majority of parents are working during the day, so they would be silly to plan important stuff before evening.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by SKL on 2nd April 2011

  • No, the majority of my daughter's school functions are around 6 or 6:30pm and I get off work at 5:30. Thankfully, not too many of them are on the days I have to go to night class. When they are her dad takes my place. If anything is happening during school hours while i'm at work I take my lunch break at that to ensure i dont miss a beat.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Krystle R. on 23rd March 2011

  • I try to, but even working from home, it's not always possible--especially with four kids!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by jengray on 23rd March 2011

  • Well, I only work from home so I don't miss any. :-)
    But I agree that going to the bigger ones, the most important ones, such as plays and ones where they will be putting on a show or speaking are more important than just the parties with some cupcakes and not real event.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Debra Ferrie on 23rd March 2011

  • As a preschool teacher/administrator ... there are some functions that you are going to want to "not" miss and others that really are only a big deal if you make them a big deal. Example - any event that lasts 5 minutes or less ... feel free to miss ;) Mother's Day Tea Parties or School wide Family Picnics - must attend events :)

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by MomMachine on 22nd March 2011

  • Yes, my child is just in Daycare so there aren't too many functions yet. But I usually take my lunch hour or take off work to attend. I do feel bad to see the other kids at functions with no parent there. Sometimes my husband and I both attend. That's a special treat!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Snissaj on 22nd March 2011

  • Yes. I was fortunate enough to have an employer who told me to not even worry about it and to leave for any school function.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by ChurchMom on 22nd March 2011

  • Yes. All of them where the parents are invited. My husband usually comes too but not every time. There are only like 1 or 2 kids whose parents dont show at any of the functions and those kids are usually really upset and asking where their mommy is and it breaks my heart.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by oceans mom on 21st March 2011

  • Most of the times if not all I do. Not only school functions, whenever my kids have doctors appt, get sick etc. I take the time off. My husband rarely gets involved in any of these activities.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by working-mom-who-is losing-it on 18th March 2011