Would you allow your child to skip school if he asked you? My teen son had a half day of school on a recent Friday. It was also a big day because the boys’ basketball team which he is part of, was headed to the semifinals that afternoon.
“Can I stay home today?” he asked. “It doesn’t make sense to go in for two hours.”
He was really trying to plead his case. My response was, “It might be an easy day since the entire school is hyped about the game. You said they’ve already sold 400 of the 500 tickets they bought.”
“I would still rather stay home,” he said.
“Well, could you make breakfast for me while I send a couple of emails? Then wash the dishes and work on that scholarship application I gave you the other day.”
He put the bacon on the griddle for me and got the pancakes started. After we ate he got dressed and walked around the house a few more minutes. I looked out the window and saw my son had his car running.
“Are you going somewhere?” I asked.
“Yeah, I’m going to school, you’re giving me too many things to do.”
I was glad he decided on his own to go to school. I don’t think he’s missed a day since the start of school.
Has your child ever asked to stay home from school?