I tend to be very strict with my children about having a day off sick from school. I think it came from when as a single parent I was adamant the boys would do well and they had to clearly almost dying before I allowed them to be off sick. It backfired on me a few times, like when the school rang to say Cam had a temperature of 104 and I needed to collect him – NOW!
But I’m also very much aware that 9 times out of 10 by the time they get to school they feel fine and when they return home they are gagging to go out to play, with my mention of the illness that plagued them that morning.
This morning my eldest daughter was doing a great impression of a dying swan, with all kinds of aches and pains. I’ve sent her to school, with cuddles and reassurance that the good old Calpol will sort her out in no time!
But – I do feel horrible and have a nagging worry that she may genuinely feel poorly and I’ve marched her off like a little soldier into battle.
So all you parents out there – when do you decide your child warrants a day off from school? Do you give them the benefit of doubt – or are you a heartless cow like me? 😳