Teacher Strike

Some of the teachers at my children’s school are on strike today. Unfortunately for DS1, who is eight, his teacher is not part of the NUT and he has to go into school today while his brother, DS2 who is six, gets a day off!
Hubby told me I should just let DS1 have the day off which I found very tempting but there is always the worry of geting into trouble with the education  officers or whoever it is that gives you a typed up telling off.
While I do fully support the teachers who are striking so that they have better work rights/pay it is frustrating that when they strike the children miss a day of school and that’s just the way it is for the parents who have to arrange and maybe pay for extra childcare so that they can go into work as normal (thankfully I am not one of those parents and it doesn’t disrupt my normal Tuesday routine). However if you were to take your child out of school when they are not ill and there is no super exceptional reason you face consequences, usually just the typed up telling off but potentially a costly fine, a visit from an educational welfare officer or even prison!
Anyway as I say I’m lucky enough that my husband is the one who goes out to work and I am extremely lucky to be able to stay at home with the children so today it’s kind of fun having our six year old at home as well.
I’ve been trying to think of what we can do today to try and take advantage of the local child friendly places being a little less busy than the weekend but I keep hearing what my eight year old said to me before I dropped him off at school, before his six year old brother turned and scooted off with me and DS3 to head home for a free day off school.
“Please don’t do anything fun because I have to miss it and go to school”.
I really feel for DS1 but I can’t keep DS2 and DS3 cooped up indoors it isn’t there fault. So a happy compromise, I feel, is something in the middle we are going to go to the big park just a 20 minute drive away and a walk to the ducks.
When I pick up DS1 from school later I’ll treat him to some football cards for being good about today.
Has anyone else got that trouble today with one child off school and one child who has to go in?

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I am a 28 year old mum living in Kent. I am totally outnumbered living with my husband and 3 boys but I love the fun and adventure they bring to my life. As a family we enjoy being active and to get out and about as much as possible. A little about us Me- My husband and I met 12 years ago when I was 16 and him 19. Being so young I don't think either of us expected a nervous first date at the cinema to lead to marriage and 3 children but we soon became inseparable. It can be hard staying 'girlie' in a house full of boys. DS1- DS1 is very sporty. He enjoys football, rugby and swimming but his real passion is motocross. I think hubby would have happily had him on a motocross bike the second he took his first step but he first started to ride when he got his first 50cc bike at 6 years old. Now, aged 8, he rides with complete confidence on his 65cc and is desperate to start competing. As his mother I will always worry about him no mater what he does but seeing how happy this sport makes him makes me want to support him 100%. DS2- DS2 is a real animal lover. He would love nothing more than to have a house full of cats and dogs but unfortunately for him the only pet we have is our goldfish named 'Goldie'. When we visit family who have dogs DS2 will happily sit there for hours talking, stroking and trying to teach them tricks. Computer games is DS2's favourite pass time. He was gifted a tablet for Christmas last year and now, at 6, he has my husband bugging him on tips to get new levels. To keep active DS2 really enjoys swimming. He is not afraid of the water at all and would swim every day given the chance. He has such a loving, caring personality. DS3- DS3 is, well, a real handful as most 2 year olds are. He is never short of energy and zooms everywhere at a million miles an hour on his favourite balance 'motorbike'. Much to my husbands joy DS3 is also obsessed, yes obsessed with motocross. All he wants to do is play motorbikes, wear DS1's helmet and boots at any given chance and watch the videos of DS1 riding. DS3 learns so much from his older brothers and he surprises me everyday with how daring and forward he is in so many ways.

2 thoughts on “Teacher Strike

  1. Out of my five, I have one in school and one at nursery so my house is full, feels like a weekend for some reason.
    The problem with strikes, it is to cause maximum disruption because that way the general public will speak up as well.
    Hope you have a fun day with your two.

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