Exactly! Why are employers so hung up on the 8-5 mentality or even the staying past 5 equals more productive. It drives me batty. I work efficiently, but I bet I could work faster if I was able to leave for the day after I finished all my tasks. Sometimes I work slow on purpose so I can stay busy till quitting time.
My kids are not elementary school aged yet, but I have heard all about the scheduling issues with more days off and day camps not running full days. I would really like to be involved with the kids' school but I don't know how feasible that will be since I work 45 mins away.