Hey parents, why can’t you just keep your sick kids home?
My kid is rocking a nasty cough and fever this week, and She knows exactly which kid she got it from.
“This kid who sits right next to me in reading was coughing all week last week and he could barely stay awake. I tried to stay away from him but we got paired up for a project.”
Ugh. Pardon me while I scream.
Look, I get it. Sometimes you think it’s just allergies. Sometimes you think your kid is all better.
Sometimes you have to go to work and pay the bills.
I understand, I do— but can you please find another way to keep your kid home. The school has rules. You are not following them, and now you’ve cause a damn flu outbreak that is going to take out half the fourth grade.
All because you had an important work meet you just couldn’t miss.
I don’t care. I don’t care that real life happens and that sometimes you can’t fjnd someone to watch your kids. I don’t care that your job is going to fire you if you don’t show up.
READ: Stop Hating On Working Moms
I do care that your sick kid is infecting my kid, and then she’s infecting me, and now guess what?
I’m missing work because you refused to.
If you pumped your kid full of Motrin this morning and sent them to school even though you knew they were running a fever, then you’re a bad mom.
If you told your kid to suck it up even though you knew they had strep throat, then I hate you.
Because I really really hate strep throat.
So do us all a favor, and keep your sick kids home. Whatever it takes. Figure it out.
Monday 21st of September 2020
Never, ever, call someone a bad mom without knowing them or their circumstances. While I don’t personally “pump my kid up with Motrin”, I do empathize with parents whose choices are very limited. Knowing that there are those who send their sick children to school, try boosting your own child’s immune system to help keep them healthy. I believe that we all are trying to do the best we can in this life and not all of us of us have the luxury of typing out opinionated blogs while sitting on the couch drinking coffee all day.
Tuesday 28th of January 2020
I did keep my daughter home and got yanked into truancy court when she was in kindergarten, for crap sake, ridiculous! That's when I knew she was nothing more than a #, a paycheck/$ sign to the school district. Same crap in 1st grade, so before the school year was even half over I pulled her out and have home schooled her ever since. Never looked back and couldn't be happier. She is now 16, very smart, healthy, happy (no bullies either, bonus) and I could not be prouder! However, I realize not everyone can do this. I guess being disabled has had it's advantages, being home all the time helped. Wish they could figure out a better way to deal with sick kids and we were a country that valued the children and family unit more than professional athletes or actors or politicians and paying teachers better and give working parents time off for sick kids not lost wages, grief, fear, etc. No easy answers.
Saturday 25th of January 2020
YEEEESSS!!! KEEP YOUR SICK KIDS AT HOME!! And NO I won't keep my kid in a bubble when the SICK kid should the one in one!!! DON'T COMPROMISE other kid's health when you don't know if they have a fragile immune system and could have very serious consequences!! And I get it, bills need to be payed, but you should've taken that in consideration BEFORE YOU HAD KIDS!!
Allergies ? I get that. But when it's a virus or bacteria....KEEP YOUR KID AWAY AND STOP BEING SELFISH...NOT ALL KIDS HAVE GOOD IMMUNE SYSTEMS.
Single Working Mom
Friday 24th of January 2020
"Sometimes you have to go to work to pay the bills?" I wish I had that kind of luxury, convenience, and flexibility to only worry about that kind of thing "once in a while."
Thursday 23rd of January 2020
My son has a number of illnesses, this means he has time off school because as soon as he picks up a virus/infection he is unwell for a number of weeks. We received a fine of £120 each because we kept him off. We managed to get it rescinded but as hard as it is for some, it really affects children when poorly children are sent to school. I have no immune system which then means he comes home and gives it to me and then I’m off work. It’s a viscous cycle.