Tuesday, February 10, 2009
But Mom, I'm sick . . .
The kids have figured out that they don't have to go to school when they're sick. Luke wakes up every morning and says he's not feeling well so he can't go to school. Evie picked it up today. The problem with this is the very real possibility that they aren't crying wolf, but I have no way to tell. So, feeling only a little guilt, I send them off to school despite complaints of a tummy ache, sore throat, head aches, etc. Most days it is fine, but the worst feeling is getting a call from a teacher confirming that one of the kids is indeed sick. That is what happened last week with Luke's ear infection. The best way for us to tell if they are faking is to ask if they need to go see the doctor. Usually the fear of having to get a shot will tell us whether or not they are truly sick. Luke tends to answer honestly if he feels bad enough that he wants the doctor to fix it. It's not a fool-proof solution, but it is the best one I've got so far.