Oh, everyone's got an excuse, don't they?
Some of them are valid. Most of them are not.
The trouble with all the invalid excuses is that everytime you give one, you've just given someone else one more excuse to add to their repetoire.
When I talk to mothers (and I'm a specialist in mother-child ESL classes) in other parts of the world, they think these excuses are hilarious.
Go to India, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, East Africa, Bolivia, Paraguay - you will...