Field trips, days at the beach or the park, co-op classes – there are multiple opportunities for getting together with other homeschooling families, both during the “school year” and during the summer.
These kinds of events require advance planning and scheduling, often taking up the whole day, or at least so much of it that you can’t really do much else. They also tend to be things you tell the kids about in advance.
And then someone will cancel. It might be unavoidable, due to car trouble, weather or illness. It might be due to a misbehaving child that a parent has decided to discipline by making them miss out on whatever it is. It could be a sudden lack of funds, a seeming lack of interest by other parents – there are countless reasons.
But when this happens, it often leaves you hanging. Sometimes you can go forward with your plans on your own, just you and your kids, and all is well. But for some things, you just can’t – co-op classes, for example, or field trips that you were getting a group rate on that is cost-prohibitive without that rate.
That is what prompts my question today: Whatever the reason behind a last minute cancellation, what do you do? Do you go ahead with your plans when you can, with just you and your kids? Do you find alternative activities to make up for the planned activity being canceled? Do you just stay home and do your best to ignore the unhappy children complaining about having nothing to do or how unfair it is that you can’t go now? Do you look for someone else to go with you?
What about rescheduling? Particularly if you’ve taken the day off of work, or shifted your work to make time for the activity, can you (or do you) easily reschedule? If rescheduling usually isn’t an option for you, does that make a difference to how you handle the sudden cancellation?
The next part of that question is: what do you do if you’re out money? If you’ve already paid for something, be it supplies for a co-op class or an admission fee for a field trip, and you’re unable to get your money back, what do you do? Specifically, how do you feel about making new plans with the people who’ve canceled on you in those situations? Do you give them another chance? Or are you a “once burned, twice shy” kind of person who would rather do your own separate thing rather than rely on them in the future?