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If You Can’t Beat ‘em, Join ‘em..

January 20, 2010 by Kat  

I’m over it. I know two wrongs certainly don’t make a right, but now if there is a grey area to be had — and I can’t beat ‘em, I’m gonna join ‘em.

A few years back, I could NOT understand for the life of me why a parent would voluntarily send their child to preschool when they were sick.

A.) What child (or adult) doesn’t wanna just be lazy and snuggle with their “Mommy” when sick, vs. going to preschool?
B.) They’re gonna now get MY darn kids sick

Welp, after having 4 kids within a 5 year span — I’m finally learning. If moms with just 1 child can send their snotty, coughing child into preschool and not feel bad about spreading germs, why should I keep my snotty, coughing kids at home once they get sick from the mom(s) who don’t/doesn’t care?

Now that I’m working full time again, the chances that I’m still going to have to send into school one of my four due to a cold is pretty darn high. I’m not talking about the pukes, or a fever — that really burns me up if a parent doesn’t wait 24 hours. I’m so over being the Girl Scout who follows the rules to a tee. Have you ever walked into an elementary school classroom? God Bless those teachers… the amount of snot and coughs running rampant in their classrooms is enough to take out an entire ICU unit in a hospital. Those parents still send their kids, right?

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. All I can still say, wholeheartedly, is that when I only had 1 or 2 kids, even if they had a cold, I — without question — kept them home with me.  Now they need to have a temp or pukies… :oops:

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3 Responses to “If You Can’t Beat ‘em, Join ‘em..”
  1. Heather says:

    ITA – my threshold for sending my kids to school has changed too… fever, vomit, diarrhea all make the cut… but colds/sniffles/minor coughs don’t… my threshold is now – will my kid be able to contribute reasonably to his/her own education today in the state they are in… if the coughing is constant or they are so dazed and confused by the head cold… I will probably keep them home… but otherwise off they go…

    H.

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  2. Tammy says:

    Thanks for the laugh on your post. It is so true huh? I am a faithful parent who definately keeps their kids home for 24 hours if they have a fever or the “pukies”…I think lots (not all) just use school as a babysitter. Kind of sad!

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  3. Melissa says:

    Jack just started Preschool in Sept and I SWEAR, he has had a runny nose since the 2nd day of School. So I definitely send him, on and off cough and all. Since I KNOW he got it from one of his classmates anyway. But I would definitely keep him home w a fever or vomit for sure!

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