Do you have a sick child?  How do you make that call between sending your child to school or staying at home?

I thought we were done with the winter colds and fevers but alas, no, here in spring term and I have my youngest off. All 3 had days off towards the end of the autumn term just as the Christmas productions were beginning.

He has been complaining on and off all week about not feeling well but there were only vague symptoms. School sent him home on Wednesday afternoon (after he had eaten his lunch) but he came home, had a short rest and then ate apricot jam on toast and still wanted to go to Grandparents for tea as planned.

Does that make me a mean Mum? I’m not the best with vague symptoms, I like clear signals – a temperature, throwing up (but only occasionally – too messy), a streaming cold, etc

I don’t think I am too mean, but then maybe I am biased. If they do miss school, I am clear that they then miss any evening activities like Brownies and Beavers and play dates are cancelled. Not everyone does but my opinion is….

“if they are too unwell for school then the same applies for the other things; let’s keep the bugs to ourselves.”

I try to limit the amount of TV and electronic games they play, but that can be a tricky one, especially if I am trying to work from home and need to get things done.

The poor dog suffers as well; he may only get a very quick once around the block kind of walk, but then again he does get company all day. So perhaps he doesn’t mind too much, but unfortunately he can’t tell me.

So, today with a fever and being generally out of sorts …the day I had originally planned on popping into town, and then playing my regular Friday afternoon tennis….well that’s out the window!

I think that we will have a go with getting a bath bomb kit and some soothing lavender, as by the end of the day I may need a nice relaxing lavender bath. That way I have something to look forward to after my unplanned cabin fever of being shut in the house all day.

What do you do if your kids produce vague symptoms of being unwell?  Do you keep them at home or send them to school?


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