I'd love to hear from some of you parents out there as to how you feel about "mental health days" for your kids in which you allow them to stay home from school? Please comment!
Audrey is taking a mental health day today. She doesn't have any tests or other big assignments due and I just got the sense hanging out with her last night that she was pretty fried. Cherry Creek is academically more demanding for Audrey than was Denver Christian. Being at such a small school last year allowed her to get a lot of individual attention whereas this year she is a little more on her own. She has some access to her teachers but not like she did. So she is left to figure it out for herself a little more than she is used to.
Anyhow, she seemed pretty fragile to me last night so this morning when I went into her room a little after 5 a.m. to get her up we talked for a minute and I offered her the opportunity to stay home today. She was so grateful and immediately went back to sleep, which is probably what she will do for much of the day. She will get caught up on her rest, do a little bit of studying to make sure she is really on top of things and that's about it. I don't feel bad at all for letting her stay home.
Part of it is that this was how I was raised. School was important but not at the cost of my own mental health. If I was getting burned out or if there was an opportunity to have a great adventure, my parents were always very good about letting me miss school. I remember how much that meant to me. High school was not a great fit for me so any breaks I could get were much appreciated.I think I graduated hisgh school with a low GPA of like 2.8 or something. But I went on to go to college and graduated with a 3.8 GPA. Not to shabby for a kid who took a fair share of days off in high school!
Anyhow, I really would love to hear from others of you on your thoughts about these days off.
Please pray that Audrey would have a day of rest and restoration.