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Old May 13th, 2007, 10:50 PM
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I have occassionally taken my kids out a few days, but never a week.
In the past, I would find a week where they had a few days off and book this week, but those weeks are not going to work next year. What does everyone else do? The summer is so hot and packed.
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My daughter, 13, has been on over 25 cruises. When she was in grade school (through 5th grade), I did take her out of school usually one week per year for a cruise. However, once she reached middle school, I stopped that. (Now I take her 5 year old brother instead and she stays home with my husband.) Not only did I feel she'd be missing too much work, but I know she'd feel stressed coming back to certain subjects (like Algebra) without a clue what's going on.

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We have cruised 2 spring beaks. Yes the ship was full both times but, they were both very nice and enjoyable cruises. We also cruised last june and yes it was very hot but I'd rather it be sunny and hot then rainy! You could also cruise alaska during the summer.
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It depends on the time of the cruise. We pulled ours out the week before Thanksgiving last year as they had the whole week for Thanksgiving off. Now this year, I am pulling them for 3 days during Thanksgiving week. I also pulled them the day before school got out this yearto go on the Inspiration. They experienced more that last day and 1/2 then they would have sitting in school doing busy work.
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I have taken two of mine out of school for cruises, and am planning to take my third son out as well. It was not a problem, even for the one who wasn't doing as well in school at the time. I do think it depends on the child, though.
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We are taking my two teenagers, 12 and 14 , on their first cruise and they will be missing 4 days of school. Both myself and my husband are teachers and they will have classwork with them.
I feel that the experience they have is something that will far outweigh the knowledge they learn in the classroom, Knowing the is another world ot there is such a brain opener. After a trip like this, the world is your Oyster.
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hi there,
Being teacher from past few years, i came across several times such situations. But kids after coming from cruise they wont able to keep up to date according to their study. Cruising is ok with kids but till some age after that going for cruise out of school is not good.
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May my 12 year old never see Luisa's post!!! With only 12 cruises he would feel so deprived he might turn me into Child Protective Services. My guy's good in Algebra, so I can't even use the old "you'll fall behind in math" excuse.

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My daughter, 13, has been on over 25 cruises. When she was in grade school (through 5th grade), I did take her out of school usually one week per year for a cruise. However, once she reached middle school, I stopped that. (Now I take her 5 year old brother instead and she stays home with my husband.) Not only did I feel she'd be missing too much work, but I know she'd feel stressed coming back to certain subjects (like Algebra) without a clue what's going on.

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My daughter, 13, has been on over 25 cruises. When she was in grade school (through 5th grade), I did take her out of school usually one week per year for a cruise. However, once she reached middle school, I stopped that. (Now I take her 5 year old brother instead and she stays home with my husband.) Not only did I feel she'd be missing too much work, but I know she'd feel stressed coming back to certain subjects (like Algebra) without a clue what's going on.

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I always took the kids out of school for a week to cruise/vacation. However this has now changed. having a middle school boy and a high school boy gets difficult to take them out. Not to mention our high school has now added a new time off policy. :evil:

I would consider taking out of school my middle school boy but he does not want to do it he says he would have too much homework to catch up on. So now we have to cruise spring break/summer when the rates are the highest.
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I'm 13 and I get out of school for vacations.
I don't find it hard to catch up, but you have to be organized and be prepared to deal with a bit of extra homework and stress if you want to do well once you get back.
I'm only in middle school though.
I don't even know why I'm here... everyone is old. Haha
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To Vanilla:
Just making sure you know to check out the teen message boards here at Cruisemates.com.

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Hey Vanilla:

My guy is 12.5; cruises a bit - 1996 Westerdam III, 1999 Veendam IV, 2001 Maasdam V, 2002 Amsterdam III, 2003 Volendam III, 2003 Zuiderdam II, 2004 Westerdam IV, 2004 Oosterdam I, 2005 *Grand Princess*, 2007 Splendour of the Seas; dives a bit - 12 c-cards, 68 dives; travels a bit - a few dozen countries; is pretty active in scouting and might be a good teen/tween cruising resource.

I'm old, but I still have a license to toss you young people in the water (Scuba Ranger Leader, BSA Scuba Councelor, BSA Snorkeling Counselor, SSI Dive Control Specialist, PADI Divemaster, Swimming Merit Badge Counselor, Lifesaving Merit Badge Counselor) or pull you out (First Aid Counselor, Medic First Aid and CPR Instructor, PADI Rescue, Diver Red Cross Life Guard) For fun I chum young people to sharks, manatees, rays, dolphins, whales, and aligator gar and generally they come back with the same number of fingers and toes they went in with. At least that was true for our dozens of ROTC students taking Intro to Scuba last week...

Anyway, ask my kiddo, anything you want about cruising - just clear it with your folks (I'm also a BSA Internet Scout Counselor and Certified Information Systems Auditor). He's got a dance tonight and a 10 mile hike tommorrow morning, but he'll get back to you. Just don't encourage him to ask me to take him on another cruise or take him out of school.

BTW, if you are in scouting up there our troop is working on their International Activity Badge and have Texas patches to swap.

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I'm 13 and I get out of school for vacations.
I don't find it hard to catch up, but you have to be organized and be prepared to deal with a bit of extra homework and stress if you want to do well once you get back.
I'm only in middle school though.
I don't even know why I'm here... everyone is old. Haha
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