Mismatched vacation time

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Mismatched vacation time

Postby kurt_w » Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:52 am

Compared to people in other countries, American kids have more days out of school, while American parents have fewer days off work. In the old days the assumption was that Mom would always be home to take care of the kids on a snow day or a vacation week. For most of us, that's not an option now.

So instead parents are constantly scrambling to find coverage for their school-age kids.

I got on the bus at 6am this morning, and it was empty except for the driver and a seven-year-old girl sitting quietly on the seat behind him. Turned out that the bus driver lives in another school district near here where this is the winter break week. But it's not a vacation week for Mom or Dad, so the girl is spending the day riding around on her dad's bus.

That just seems ... depressing.

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Re: Mismatched vacation time

Postby TeachInPeace » Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:53 am

I agree that while snow days can be great - it's really hard when there is no daycare fall back for parents. It's a good thing that he could bring his daughter along for the ride (so to speak) - I bet there are going to be a lot of unattended children in the metro today...

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Re: Mismatched vacation time

Postby Meade » Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:58 am

kurt_w wrote:That just seems ... depressing.

Why depressing? Sounds to me like a beautiful opportunity for dad and daughter to bond. Have you never heard of a busman's daughter's holiday.

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Re: Mismatched vacation time

Postby Mean Scenester » Thu Feb 28, 2013 11:42 am

Christ I hope this "Life is Beautiful" parody of sentient being has no fucking children.

"A lump of coal isn't the worst present in the world. Our ancestors would have killed for such a thing to make their cave drawings."

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck you, asshole.

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Re: Mismatched vacation time

Postby Meade » Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:34 pm

Take your daughter to work day is all of a sudden an act of abuse?
Okay.

Meanwhile, here - here's a stick of charcoal for you to scratch out your artful insults with. Save your lump of coal for
First-Foot.

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Re: Mismatched vacation time

Postby Stebben84 » Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:33 pm

Meade wrote:Take your daughter to work day is all of a sudden an act of abuse?
Okay.


Except it wasn't take your daughter to work day fuckstick. Also, many parents don't have the option to take their kids to work if they are off of school.

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Re: Mismatched vacation time

Postby mifflander » Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:52 pm

Meade wrote:Sounds to me like a beautiful opportunity for dad and daughter to bond.


Sounds like a dangerous distraction for the bus driver.

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Re: Mismatched vacation time

Postby Meade » Thu Feb 28, 2013 3:06 pm

mifflander wrote:Sounds like a dangerous distraction for the bus driver.

Why? Because kurt w. is a depressive who keeps staring at the bus driver's daughter and weeping?


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