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    Default Start of prep - am I being unreasonable??

    My oldest son starts prep next year. My husband who competes nationally in a sport wants us to travel interstate at the start of the school year for 3 weeks for a competition. I have told him that I won't be going because I think the start of prep is really important (making new friends, learning, orientation in the new school) but he thinks that I am being silly.

    Not to mention, I hate these trips....my husband thinks it is family time but his team mates and events during the trips are very demanding on his time and we don't really spend time together at all. I am just left looking after two young kids in a motel the majority of the time.

    What do you think??

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    I wouldn't take my child out of prep for 3 weeks. The starting weeks are so important they learn the routine of the school, where they can play, what they do at different times of the day.

    Once your child is in school you need to rethink just going away for 3 weeks.

    ETA At our school we have to get permission from the principal to have anything like 3 weeks out of school.

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    Nope, no way I would go, I think you're making the right choice staying home

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    Definitely not. You have listed all the reasons why I would say "have a great time honey, please call or Skype us every day".

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    No way! My son is also beginning prep next year and no way would I be taking him out for 3 weeks!

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    If it was going to be fun for you and the kids then maybe, but I think it's a no-brainer, let him go on his own.

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    As a Teacher Aide who works with Preps, the first few weeks are crucial for making friendships, learning the ropes and getting to know the teachers etc. It is a very important time imo. If you start 3 weeks later than everyone else, your boy will be on the back foot straight away.

    Stay home and give your boy the best start to school by letting him begin with everyone else!

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    DS1 starts school next year as well and there is no way I'd keep him out for 3 weeks, it's such a critical settling in period. I find it odd that your DH thinks it's in the slightest bit reasonable.

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    I agree with everyone else. First weeks are important.

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    You are not being unreasonable!


 

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