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Chapter 9. Planning Around the School's ... > Incorporating School Activities into...

Incorporating School Activities into Your Family's Schedule

Once children enter school, their time no longer belongs to them and their family alone. Just as jobs place restrictions on adults' lives, schools place restrictions on students' lives, and all of those restrictions impact the way the family can schedule its time.

Adjusting the Family's Schedule

When a child is ready to start school, we tend to put all of the focus on how this new phase will impact the child's life. But the first changes you'll really begin to notice probably are the ones that affect everyone. Many families with only preschool children choose to vacation in the autumn months when the weather is cooler, the attractions are less crowded, and the hotel rates are lower. Except for the weather, those advantages exist, in large part, because families with school-age children can't travel then. After any of your children are in school, your family will be unable to vacation then as well. Likewise, a midwinter break to a warm, sunny destination for people living in areas where the winters are very cold or to snowy mountains for families who like to ski may have become a welcome routine. Once the children are in school, you'll be confined to one of the couple of weeks of winter when almost everyone else is trying to get away, too. You can avoid any bad feelings that come with these realizations by taking a super vacation during the summer and booking any winter travels well in advance—after checking the school's winter and spring vacation schedules.


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