Wednesday, June 24, 2009

I need to know the secret.....

There must be a secret parent skill that I have not been told and I want to know!

When can you tell if your kid is truly to sick to go to school, or if they are pulling your big fat leg? I have a feeling I am getting railroaded by a little male elf in this house. Who is, I admit a little pale, (no temp) but seems to want to run and play with the dogs, Hmmmm could he possibly still go to school? Sometimes I wish you could press a button and get the true answer.



Any money because I have had this little winge he will be as "crook as a dog" later, then I'll get the massive guilt trip. (Oooh yeh, loving parenting today!!)

9 comments:

Lucy Bowler said...

I have a little elf just like that and in fact he was home yesterday!!! It's hard to strike a balance of believing them or giving in.... hmmm.. I know my mum's trick has been to take someone off to school after proving their wellness! If I think he's probably well enough and it's not going to be a major struggle, it's off to school and a word to the teacher to ask them to ring if they think he needs to come home.... good luck sorting it out! And don't worry about the guilt trip thing - if it happens maybe it will make up for the times of crying wolf!!! And yes, you will get a medal, some day, for all these wonderful skills you are developing!! Even if it's a medal you have to make and present to yourself!!!

Courtney said...

The rule in our house growing up (and probably what with be the rule in my house now) is that if there was no fever, diarrhea, or vomiting we were off to school. If we stayed home we couldn't leave the bed, couch (if we were lucky enough to get to watch a movie) or bathroom, and we sure couldn't go outside to play!
I don't know if the rules have to be a little different for Finn because of his uniqueness and special school though.

Leonie Guld said...

I'm thinking I need to get my power back!! maybe i'll introduce the kids to caster oil or bonox, I need school to be the better option than home. Here I was trying to provide a safe, comfortable home for the kids but all I have achieved is an "over nurturing" environment. Great, now I need to find the secret to balanced nurturing!!!!!! Parenting is so noooot like the huggies commercials!!! lol

kello said...

Hey even as a nurse of 20 years the kids still work me over especially george and her touch of dramatics(hysterics) and amazing memory for all the signs and symptoms of illness... and when all else fails the flood of tears at the crossing just as you drop them off in the 2 minute zone. Mum always said to us just go to school if you are still sick get the teacher to ring me and I will pick you up. I just can't do it.......we all need a mental health day occasionally ......we are aussies after all! Kel x

thetwowindmills said...

he he My parents always got out "the truthometer". Try not to delve in the parenting guilt quagmire.

Sally said...

My grandmother won a cruise holiday when I was a child and wanted to take us with her but it was in school term. I was in grade 4 at the time. My mother was overcome with guilt & concern for my future so while we were away she ensured I did an hour's school work for each of the 7 days we were away. I returned to school having almost completed the entire curriculum for year 4... nothing can compare to the learning that takes place one to one and that is learner centred/directed. Stop feeling quilty. Don't worry if the child is faking... there will still be opportunities to learn :)

Bird Bath said...

Some good advice there I will consider - sorry I don't have any to add. But I do have a little girl who has been known to feign sickies in the last few weeks...and have given her time at home. As you say finding a balance is the challenge.for me too.

Clair@Obstinate Pursuit said...

When I was at high school I regularly used to take 'mental health' days off school - and I'm sure my folks knew what I was doing. I used to sit in my room, chill out and even do some school work - just without the stresses and strains of school. On the flip side, there were occasions when I was really ill and dragged myself to school because I really wanted to go in. Go figure!

Anyway, stop stressing. Your loving, nurturing environment is all the education anyone needs x

Charlotte said...

If my kids want breakfast that usually means they are ok for school! They don't seem to realise that jumping around and smiling a lot maeans they are not feeling sick.