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BOTD 3/1/15 "Too Sick For School?" A JohnRoss Production

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David M. Katz


Marshall
TOO SICK FOR SCHOOL?
A JohnRoss Production

Your 12 year old son, Evan, is still subject to spankings at home along with grounding and loss of privileges such as TV, ipod, video games, etc...

This morning he told you he was too sick to go to school. He had appeared a little ill the previous night so you agreed to let him stay home. You tell him you are going down to the store to pick him up some medicine and maybe rent him a movie. Halfway to the store you realize you forgot your wallet so you come back home. When you get there you see this:


EVAN - 12
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What do you do?


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David M. Katz


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I am not the type of parent who feels that if a kid is too sick for school that he necessarily needs to be immobile for the day.  I would expect some rest to be going on but what Evan is doing here is not necessarily alarming.  I know I have days where I feel horrible but I am still able to do a few things.

This situation does warrant some discussion with Evan.  I should be able to tell if he still feels poorly and is simply distracting himself or if he has had a "miraculous recovery." If I determine he is being less than honest then I will send him to get dressed and I will take him to school and sign him in late.

If I feel he really doesn't feel well then I will join him in his game ( 8 ball in the side pocket) and we will finish and I will then tell Evan to rest a bit while I go back out for his meds and movie.

I will add that it is noteworthy that Evan couldn't have expected me to be gone very long since I was simply headed out to a local store and so I don't truly feel like he is trying to pull one over on me. He had to know that I would find him in the billiard room and wasn't too stressed over it.


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Jack


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I pretty much agree with David. If a kid is too sick for school, he's probably going to be staying home that evening, but there are exceptions even there.

If I felt Evan was sick enough to stay home from school, this doesn't change anything, though I might tell him he should at least get dressed, and that he mostly needs to rest today.


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StevieWeeks


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Stevie knows what will set him on the path to health and all...

A tablespoonful of castor oil washed down with a pint of prune nectar...

That'll keep him busy!

Stevie.

John Boy


Sherrif
ditto Katz

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kalico


Sherrif
Ditto jack

My only rules are that if you stay home there is no leaving the house or playing with friends....


Hugs kal

Stone Man


Marshall
kalico wrote:Ditto jack

My only rules are that if you stay home there is no leaving the house or playing with friends....


Hugs kal

I'll add to Jack's dittos and ditto your rule which is pretty much the way my Mom handled us kids.

Now on the other hand Evan is really close to being ready to go over my lap... do I really want to waste this opportunity? Twisted Evil Twisted Evil

MemoryMan


Sherrif
I'll grab a cue and challenge him to a game.  If he doesn't beat me he gets a spanking. Twisted Evil

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ivor


Marshall
Sorry folks, but I'm old fashioned.

If he's too sick to go to school then he's also too sick to be up very shortly afterwards. He's playing hookie rather than pool as far as I'm concerned.

So he's now going to get dressed and go to school. Any strong protests about that decision and he'll be going there with a sore butt.

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Pi Beta


Deputy
I'll second Ivor. Is this a "depends upon which side of the pond one's from" thing?

Kat


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I'm not sure that forced inactivity equals rest. Playing pool is not a strenuous activity, so I don't see that it's an indication Evan is faking or something that might worsen his condition. Surely it's better to be up and moving around a bit. Sending Evan to school could potentially expose other kids to a bug; I also know from experience that focusing on schoolwork is more demanding when you're sick. I'm going with Katz.

Kat

AFinch


Sherrif
ivor wrote:Sorry folks, but I'm old fashioned.

If he's too sick to go to school then he's also too sick to be up very shortly afterwards. He's playing hookie rather than pool as far as I'm concerned.

So he's now going to get dressed and go to school. Any strong protests about that decision and he'll be going there with a sore butt.

I'm going to agree with Katz and Jack. If he's home from school because he has a fever or some other infectious process, he doesn't necessarily feel bad, and making him stay in bed is punishment for an illness over which he has no control. And if he has an infectious process, he SHOULD stay home if I'm a responsible parent, so as not to spread whatever it is he has.

squarecutter


Sherrif
He's a bit underdressed for one supposed to be unwell. I think I will retake his temperature. May be he was peeky at the start of the day.Overtired perhaps. Leads me to woner if there are other reasns for not wanting to go to school.  Undone work, bullying. All options are open but this Doc will be examining more closely

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