I had a lower primary teacher tell me once that if i kept my child out of school on their birthday she would bring it to the truancy officers attention. She said as adults we have to go to work on our birthday and i was setting a bad example allowing the day off for a birthday.
We went ahead with what my child wanted and that wasnt to spend the day at school. I wrote on the absent letter that it was for a birthday outing. I didnt hear from a truancy officer i guess they have better things to do than chase up a 6yr old who had one day off?
Our new school has a "family first" policy and i have no fear of a truancy officer being called! if my kids want to go to school on their day then they go. If they want to have a special day out on their own, on their day, then thats what we do. Its a little tricky with work commitments so they have to decide before the day and stick to it.
They have plenty of time to be adults and a short time to be children.