These are my favorite threadsHi Chip,
Pull on flame suite But aren't you parents with the "perfect" kids and/or those with the "perfect" adults that were pulled out of school missing the point? It is all about values and priorities and where you draw the line. Last I checked I think the in the US we have plenty of time for vacation with the kids and family. Of course their are exception where we do have to pull them out, but for a vacation in the name of saving a few bucks, convenience, or crowds I find funny to rationalize for that. Of course we all get something out of fun family vacations..
I always wonder why do people ask, is it because they aren't sure, well trust your heart and values. Of course it feels good to hear others tell about their straight "a' student, their model child that grew up to go to a fine college and become a fine rich adult. The more moral question is about your values..
My kids are not perfect. Heavens, there are times when I would have given them away to the first person who wanted them! They're not super-bright either, just diligent.
I feel no need to defend my moral values over my decision to pull our teenagers out of school for a month. My values are fine. One of those values is the value of sticking together as a family. By travelling with my DH for that length of time, we kept our family together - and 5 people sharing one hotel/motel room certainly means "togetherness"!
Another "value" that I had is the belief that educating my children was not just the job of their teachers. It was my job, too, a job whose responsibility I shared with their schools. Learning does not just take place in the classroom, nor is it limited to our school years.
As I said in my earlier post, I would not have pulled my kids out of school for a cruise, unless that cruise took them to places that had some potential for increasing their knowledge of the world, its history and geography.
MV Akaroa, Southampton to Auckland 1968, 48 days. Yangtse River Cruise 2005, 4 days. Nile cruise Luxor to Aswan 2008 - 4 days.
Holland America - 58 cruising days, 100 status days.
Celebrity - 70 days.
Royal Caribbean - 72 days.
"I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky. And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by." (John Masefield: "Sea Fever.")