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parenting question

Do you all keep your child home every time they have a cold?

Here’s the dilemma. LA has a cold and though it’s getting better, she’s still kinda cranky. Tomorrow’s the first day back to school after winter break and I always feel like it’s suspicious to be absent the first day back.

On one hand I feel bad for sending a possibly cranky kid to daycare. On the other hand, I’ve already missed 4 days of work and counting. (We don’t have an official number of days off, but I know 10 would be the upper limit based on previous teaching jobs and I’ve already missed more than other team members 😦 ). I also know I have more testing coming up that’s going to require me to take half-days off. I also am not sure if it warrants staying home because it’s a basic cold.

There’s no way that A can stay home because she’s in the same boat and it’s my turn.

Not sure what to do 😦

I fucking HATE having to make a decision between my child and my work. UGH!!!!


7 comments on “parenting question

  1. rachelbk
    January 2, 2011

    I kind of do a decision tree in my head. If there’s a fever, and the kid is not willing or able to do anything but whine and cling to me, I keep him home. If its a cold (runny nose, slight cough, etc) but he’s able to play and is eating/drinking okay, even if he’s slightly tired or crabby, I just leave instructions to call if he gets worse and I’ll come home at that time.
    Puking always gets the stay at home treatment.
    Hope Little A is feeling better soon!


  2. liberationtheory
    January 2, 2011

    Hmm, good idea but I’m stuck in the middle– Fever went away (24 hours clear), playful, but coughing. Eating some, but drinking a lot. I’m going to see what the daycare handbook says. Also leaning towards taking her in and having them call me if it gets worse.


  3. Tosha
    January 2, 2011

    If she doent have a temp or the runs then send miss thang to school. They know how to deal with cranky. She will be fine. Maria and Mya can attest to that.


    • liberationtheory
      January 2, 2011

      She doesn’t have a temp. Just a snotty nose and cough which is post-nasal drip I think. I guess this is first-time parent guilt then πŸ™‚

      She’s awake from her nap and killing me with watching Dora. I’m ’bout sick of that damn cartoon.


  4. Thorn
    January 2, 2011

    Check the policy, yeah. From what you’re saying, she’d be welcome at Mara’s daycare, and it’s probably a better use of any sick days you might have than blowing them in January to stay home and watch more Dora. (Swiper, no swiping!)


    • liberationtheory
      January 2, 2011

      You are right. I’m sending her tomorrow and just hope that her nose dries up some more.

      I think she also needs to be at school with her friends and away from the damn television/technology, even if she is learning spanish and is moving around.


  5. Chi-Chi
    January 3, 2011

    Yes, I think I’d send her. So long as the mucus is clear, no fever, no runs, and alert . . . I think it’s okay with instructions to call if she starts to feel worse.

    No guilt!! πŸ™‚


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