It was easier to have a kid in school when I wasn’t working.
Tonight I got the school schedule for my son starting 8th grade. In the first month, there are already four days where I will have to move around my work hours to accommodate school stuff. Urghh!
Math Counts is the only after school activity which I have the faintest hope of getting my son to participate in. Fortunately, this year the Math Counts coach knows about him–so I’m hoping she can keep him from skipping it and saying, “I forgot.” 🙂 He’s completed Geometry and is good at Math, so I think he could enjoy this. But they start September 19th–and the late buses don’t start until October–so there are 2 times I will need to reschedule my work hours.
Back to School Night is held at 7 pm, so working parents should be able to go. Unfortunately, they picked Thursday night, which is the one night per week that I work.
Then, the first Wednesday in October, they’ve scheduled a parent information meeting about the local magnet high school. It’s supposed to be strong in science and technology, and so might be just the thing for my Nerdfighter son. The meeting’s from 3 to 4:30, however.
Still, I only work half-time, and my boss is very supportive and accommodating.
And the truth is, when I think back to last year, even though I wasn’t working, things were a whole lot more stressful. We weren’t in our apartment yet and didn’t have our household goods, but were living in my friend’s basement–so we had to register as Homeless! We had to buy all new school supplies. I was trying to get my older son ready to start college in Florida. I was trying to get myself ready to start online graduate school.
Yeah, okay, I’d rather be settled in and working!