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How sick do your kids have to be before you’ll keep them home from school?

Posted by on Sep. 10, 2013 at 9:05 AM
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Mom Confession: I Make My Daughter 'Prove' She's Sick if She's Going to Miss School

by Jenny Erikson

I’m not exactly a mom that could be accused of Munchausen syndrome, the mental disorder that causes someone to make another person ill in order to seek medical treatment for attention. Nope, I’m more from the no fever, no blood, no problem school of parenting.

So when my kids get the sniffles, I tend to do just about anything to make sure they’re actually sick enough to stay home from school before I let them. Since I currently have one fifth-grader upstairs and in bed at this very moment, I’m wondering how many other moms try their darnedest to make sure their kids get out the door in the morning.

It usually starts the night before, when I notice a bit of extra tiredness or a certain listlessness. Sometimes there’s a slightly stuffy nose. This is when the allergy medication comes out, along with extra juice and an early bedtime. Last night that didn’t work so well for me, with my little sicky up way past 11 complaining of a scratchy throat. Crap.

This morning I was still hopeful, as I pulled her out of bed, stuck her in her uniform, and sat her down for breakfast. “I’m not hungry,” she claimed, and being a child, and me being the provider of the food, she’s usually in a constant state of near-starvation. Double crap.

She didn’t have a fever, and she wasn’t throwing up, so I loaded her up on more allergy meds, and told her she would feel better by the time we got to school. Of course by this time, little sister was busy telling me that she didn’t want to go to school if the big one didn’t. Crap, crap, crap!

With a carful of sniffles and whines, we set out to school, me with every intention of saying goodbye to both my daughters for the next seven hours. Poor sick girl complained about her scratchy throat and sipped ice water the whole way.

I told her things like, “If you’re too sick for school, then you’re too sick for TV,” and “Mommy has to work, I can’t entertain you,” and even, “You’re really sick enough to stay in bed all day rather than learn fun new things and see your friends?” I concluded my questioning begging by suggesting that she just try to go for a little bit, and I’d pick her up if she couldn’t make it.

“Mommy, I don’t think I can make it,” my sad sniffly and snuffly daughter said to me.

So here we are, with her resting, and me loading her up with Gatorade and cough drops. Because gosh darn it, I’m going to get that child well enough for school tomorrow by the sheer power of my will! Or something.

How sick do your kids have to be before you’ll keep them home from school?

by on Sep. 10, 2013 at 9:05 AM
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JBiiirdD
by No Day but Today on Sep. 10, 2013 at 9:07 AM
Fever, runny nose, cough, etc. My stepmom allows my stepbrother to stay home for a stomachache. <_<

ETA I'm the same way as the mom as well. No TV, no toys, no nothing. If you're too sick to go to school, then you're too sick for other things. That usually sharpens him up, then "magically" "Oh I feel better, Mommy". Uhhh-huh.
christina0607
by on Sep. 10, 2013 at 9:08 AM
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If they feel they're too sick to go, them they stay home. I completely leave that decision up to them. 

2kids2dogs2cats
by Silver Member on Sep. 10, 2013 at 9:09 AM

If they have thrown up, or if they have a fever.  I don't allow them to stay home for a case of the "blues".  Sounds like your kid is on her way to being sick though, yikes.

sheloveearth
by Silver Member on Sep. 10, 2013 at 9:09 AM
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fever, diarrhea, vomiting, trouble breathing, or uncontrollable cough that would disturb the class.

funlovinlady
by Gold Member on Sep. 10, 2013 at 9:10 AM
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Fever, runs, puking if its just a cold they're going to school. If you stay home sick there is no " fun stuff" you sleep & rest.

mom2the.rescue
by Platinum Member on Sep. 10, 2013 at 9:11 AM

I'm a lot more relaxed on this topic than my mom was...she would tell me to barf on the spot if I was too sick to go to school lol.  If my kids really need the sleep or they're feeling so crappy they're not playing or eating, I have them stay home.  It's still very rare, but it happens.

etsmom
by Ruby Member on Sep. 10, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Being up all night with cold or flu like symptoms, having a fever over 100 degrees, or upset stomachs, diarrhea or vomiting. 

Dzyre1115
by Desiree` on Sep. 10, 2013 at 9:11 AM

 Fever above 100, vomiting or diarrhea or any combination of the three.....that's it!

mamakin616
by Bronze Member on Sep. 10, 2013 at 9:11 AM

 I use the same rule the school in my area uses.fever ,vomiting,diarhea,constant coughing or  red/sore throat.  If you send kids to school in my district..with any of the above mentioned ailments..you will be coming to school to bring them back home..

lwalker270
by Ruby Member on Sep. 10, 2013 at 9:11 AM
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Typically, they have to be vomiting, have a fever or diarrhea.  

If they have a really bad cold and I can tell they feel horrible, I'll give them a day at home to rest.  

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