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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!!!!

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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!

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  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.

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  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.

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    • 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.

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  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!)

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    • 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.

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  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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