When I was a teacher, at the beginning of each school year I would get two personal days.
If I needed to go to an appointment that couldn’t be scheduled after school, I would use a personal day. Or, if I just needed a day, there were personal days.
When my kids were younger, I usually ended up taking them on their birthdays.
Now that they are older, my kids get their own personal days.
I let them choose their own days, but there are guidelines.
You can’t use a personal day on the day of a test, school even or sports game.
You get two each school year and you need to give advance notice of when you want to use it. (My kids usually use one on their birthday to go to Dave and Busters without their siblings.)
Once you use them, there are no more until the next school year.
They are pretty good at spacing them out. Teddy and Maizie have birthdays in November and December, so they take them then and then usually around May. Stella ends up taking one around the end of November and then her birthday in April.
There have been times where I’ve called an audible and had everyone take a bonus day, especially if it’s 90 degrees in the middle of May…then it’s a beach day.
Kids get overwhelmed by things just as much as adults. I found that them knowing they can just “take a day” when they feel the need to, helps them when they are reaching their breaking point.
Do you let your kids stay out of school for a “personal day”?