becca saw some cool clouds tonight:
and i saw my kids willingly and happily playing together, without yelling or screaming. too bad it was during the 10 minutes this morning that henry was supposed to be getting dressed and feeding the cat:
i was going to rant today about henry's school district's decision to fiddle around with school start times next year to accommodate a) new busing routes to work around the new elementary school; and b) some researcher's study that the adolescent brain actually learns and retains better when it starts later in the day. ergo, high schoolers need to go to school later in the day. and i was going to whine that now i have no way of getting both my kids to school on time, and harper will have to be 20 minutes late to preschool every morning because of henry's new start time, which works out to about $40 a month down the toilet in education she will miss. and then i was going to bitch about how all we do as a society is cater to teenagers and enable them to be the most self-centered, entitled, unproductive generation, and how giving them a late start time in the name of "research says so" just adds to this sense of them not learning to be disciplined. and how they will go to college and then on to a career and still think the world will revolve around their needs. ugh. so irritating.
then i decided i need to just let it go and focus on figuring out how to rearrange life around school that starts an hour later, and how to work out the preschool thing, because ranting and whining and bitching solve nothing.
so i thought, you know ... crazy talk is MUCH more fun!
marc and i sat on the couch for about half an hour tonight discussing moving, a timeline, the pros and cons of doing it sooner while home prices are so low even though we don't have as much in savings as we would like to put down, versus waiting two years and having enough in the bank but perhaps home prices will again be on the rise and we wouldn't get as much for our money as we would now. and then i got online see what kind of stuff would be in the area we are looking and in the price range, and i found a house that we had looked at last year just for fun in the neighborhood we would love to be in, and it's back on the market and for 100 grand LESS than it was a year ago. um ... that means we could actually afford it. so now our heads are spinning.
i swear, i'm obsessed with houses and the possibilities they create. it's an illness.
and now, i think, to bed. marc is already on his way up, and his decision has inspired me.
see you tomorrow.
(oh ... happy birthday, dad! i'll call again tomorrow!)
*ETA: katrina commented a few valid reasons of support for high schoolers starting late, and in emailing a response to her, i realized it might be good to add those thoughts here, too. because there is much more thought behind my irritation of the school start time decision than just catering to high schoolers and screwing with my schedule. ha.
i knew i should have taken the time to be more specific. ;o)
i have a few issues with the whole thing, aside from catering to high schoolers and screwing with established schedules - i can't be the only parent for whom this will create a nightmare in trying to work around other schedules, other kids, a job, day care, etc. )
one big issue (and this one is strictly selfish, because i'm an open enrolled district parent) is that in two years i will have a child at the elementary school, attending from 8:50 to 3:50, and i will have a child at the junior high, attending from 7:20 to 2:20. that is eight 15 mile trips a day ... four hours of my day spent in the car for them to attend school. if marc's home, i won't have to disrupt harper's sleep to get henry to school, but if he isn't around, that means she will have to be up before 7 because she'll have to come along to take henry to school. (a BIG reason why the moving discussion started up last night.)
another issue that goes with the junior high thing is that the kids will go from starting school at 8:50 a.m. until 6th grade, at which time they will switch to a start time of 7:20 ... more than an hour earlier for wake up time! talk about a shock to the system!
third, for these elementary kids now starting at 8:50 and ending at 3:50, if they have anything after school, it won't be over until nearly 5:00, and then they have to do homework (henry sometimes has more than an hour a night already), and then dinner and bedtime. when do they get free time to just be a kid and play? and on top of that, there are times when OUR schedules as the parents preclude henry from starting homework until later anyway, which would even further push back bedtime. and just because kids CAN wake later for school doesn't mean they will. henry is up by 7 every day, regardless of how much or little sleep he got the night before.
and then the junior high kids ... they will now be out of school in the mid-afternoon at 2:20 ... do we really need 11-13 year olds with so much free time on their hands?? especially unchaperoned, if the parent has to work and was previously okay with their kid being home alone from 3:30 till 5:00? that adds a whole hour of unsupervised time to kill for these kids.
and then after junior high they switch back to an 8:20 start time. which isn't terrible, but still. as far as needing rest and whatnot goes, i'm going to be a bit curmudgeonly here. when i was in high school, i was a competitive swimmer. i was in the pool daily by 3:30, and left the pool at 5:30. then i had homework. then bed. then back in the pool or weight room at 5 a.m. ...unless i had a meet, in which case i was on a bus for sometimes an hour after school getting to a meet, then the meet, then drive-through mcd's at 8 p.m. and trying to do homework by the light from the red exit sign in the back of the bus. i wouldn't actually be in bed until about 11, and then there would be the pool or weight room again the next morning. and i still had to work, because my parents didn't give me money, and i was expected to have good grades (i was usually on or close to the honor roll). somehow i managed, and was able to be at work at my first job out of college by 7 a.m. every day because i'd been taught discipline, sacrifice, and time management. the teenagers i've seen around here all seem to be spoiled and entitled, who expect the oceans to part for them. granted, a lot of that has to do with parenting, but i'm not sure kids are given enough responsibility anymore.
anyway, i have several problems with the whole thing. to me, it seems like a lot of chaos for a problem that could have been resolved with much less disruption (the busing thing).
and there. now i've expanded my earlier ire. ;o)