When my kiddo — the one that normally leaps off the school bus and races me to the corner — droops and drags himself home, asking in a whimper if he can have a nap, something’s up. In this case it was his temperature. And this was yesterday.
After sleeping for the better part of 14 hours, the fever was gone but the stomach virus was not. So home he stayed, in keeping with the school guidelines as well as using general common sense — y’know, like DON’T SEND YOUR SICK KIDS TO SCHOOL.
Really, aside from the three-yard dash to the bathroom every time his stomach gurgles, he’s in fine spirits. Sounds great, except for the part where I still need to get work done and he just wants to play. Sound familiar? I think we can all agree that there are ups and downs to having your kiddo stay home from school when he or she is not feeling well. But when you also need to get work done, it adds a whole other dynamic. Let’s review the finer points.
5 Pros and Cons of Your Kid Staying Home Sick
- Setting up a little quiet space in my office means having a little one-on-one time even while I’m working; which, in a family with four kids, is cherished.
- Receiving a steady stream of hugs and kisses is always welcome (cheek only, please — keep your germs to yourself, kid).
- Having a little mid-afternoon nap together. (Bahaha! I just threw this one in there. Never happened.)
- Not eating the carrot cake sitting in the fridge. Or the chocolate. Because that would be setting a bad example. Squirrel diet only today: nuts and fruit. Booyah!
- Coordinating his bathroom runs to my coffee break is a real time-saver. Also, that’s a lot of coffee.
- Hearing: “I’m hungry,” every 23 minutes and realizing every single time that you don’t have the right food in the house for what ails that little body.
- Answering to bathroom duty. Every 27 minutes.
- Deflecting the question, “Can I watch TV?” like a boss. Because, dude, this is NOT a vacation. (Maybe this is a ‘pro’…)
- Being subjected to constant entertainment. Because as fun and funny as this kid can be, MAMA’S GOTTA WORK.
- Being unable to focus on any work-related item for more than 17 seconds because CHILD IN THE ROOM.
By the time 2:39 in the afternoon hits, I finally cave and hand my son the iPad. With new phonics apps installed, of course, because not a vacation. Lucky for me, he thinks this learning-app-veiled-as-a-game is “kind of fun.”
(Seven minutes later and that same app was declared “kind of boring”. Moving on…)
Having a child stay home from school, ill, sounds relaxing — with visions of cuddles, cozy naps and movies dancing in your head — but it is anything BUT when one has to still work from the comfort of one’s home office interruptions every five minutes. Still, there’s something to be said about having a little company on what otherwise would have been a very quiet and uneventful day.