Even Kids Need a Personal Day

Kraus House Mom

Kraus House Mom

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”?




37 thoughts on “Even Kids Need a Personal Day

  1. I couldn’t agree with this more! We let our children have two days off a year, depending on their grades and as long as there is not a test or something important going on that day.

  2. I think this is a great idea. Kids are under a ton of stress whit school. I will have to look at doing a personal day for my kids.

  3. Yes, I think taking personal days is great. We’ve went to indoor water parks before and it was a blast. I think all kids deserve a break from school too.

  4. Couldn’t agree with you more about kids needing a personal day. All our children were excellent students and once a quarter they were allowed to pick a day they didn’t have to go to school. Never affected their grade. Sure many parents wouldn’t agree but it worked for us.
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  5. Yes I love this! Monday I had my oldest who is in 3rd grade and my middle who is in preschool join my 3 year old and newborn and I with a trip to the zoo! They loved it! It was a special treat and we had a great time. Love spending time with my boys.

  6. My younger kids do not get a personal day because we have so many snow days where their bus is not able to get them to and from school. My eldest would love to have personal days to be able to recharge. I love this idea!

  7. My kids were homeschooled for a while which meant we could be more flexible with their schedules. It was nice to adjust their schedules to their needs.

  8. We never let our sons have a personal day but I think that it is a good idea and can see the benefits for sure. My kids were very active in several different sports and activities in school which kept them very motivated in not missing many days.

  9. My kids usually took personal days during their birthdays. Other than that, they are in school everyday, unless of course, they are sick. I think it is a good idea for them to have a day or two to relax, but I always reminded them that they should put it into good use.

  10. It is good to inculcate discipline in the kids at an early age. This helps them discriminate what is right and what is wrong, and what is something that cannot be compromised.

  11. This is a great post. I believe we all need personal days and not just adults. It actually teaches kids to take personal days when they are older in my opinion. Thanks for sharing the idea.

  12. Perfect attendance is overrated. My kids take s personal day every once in a while too. Never more than a couple a year but enough to give them the time they need to be successful at school.

  13. This is so true! When my kids were growing up .. we took personal days without guilt. Mostly just random days throughout the week. Places we wanted to go were less crowded and it was fun to spend the day together with nothing much to do.

  14. Indeed. It’s like their personal space as they improve independence and having fun on their own. Just keep safe though.

  15. My only school-aged child is in 4th grade. Last October we were in Arkansas visiting my mom for the weekend. It was almost 80 degrees and she lives 2 miles from a huge lake. We were really enjoying the lake that morning before we were scheduled to leave. The boys were having a BLAST and Rider always has straight As so I decided to keep him out of school the next day so we could stay an extra day!

  16. We’ve tried to encourage this with our kids now as they are getting into extra curriculars and really pushing themselves. Teaching them a healthy work/play balance is key to teaching them to live balanced lifestyles.

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