Both boys stayed home from school sick today. One child was running a mild fever Saturday night into Sunday and woke up sounding the same. The other woke up looking fine but said he had been coughing very hard. I knew one child would likely be staying home today but I had my doubts about how sick the other, older child really felt. However, I think it is important to give the boys the benefit of the doubt. I don’t like it when I say I don’t feel well and get ignored.
I knew that he was not feeling all that bad and probably could have pushed through the day. Honestly, they both could have probably pushed through the day and there are days when I’ve made them do just that. I didn’t get much done today with them home although we did spend that 15 minutes cleaning in each bedroom! However, I thought it was important that they knew I believed them when they said they didn’t feel good. Don’t worry I also let them know that I knew they could have made it through the day as well!
I think they both just needed a break today and so I wanted to make sure I met that need for them. We’ll be back to our normal schedule tomorrow and hopefully, I’ll get just a tiny bit more accomplished and perhaps a prettier post in this series put together (you know one with actual photos of some sort). On a side note, I did not appreciate my youngest son telling his dad that I did “nothing” all day today. I didn’t do much today but it was certainly a little more than nothing.
I suppose I’m a bit of a pushover when it comes to sick days but I have fond memories of convincing my parents to let me take the occasional sick day (silly me, I thought I was getting away with it but now I’m realizing they probably knew I could have made it through the day). I think I turned out okay despite missing a few school days when I probably could have pushed through it all.
I think it is important to let my kids know I believe them when they say they don’t feel well even if I know what they are saying is they simply need a break.
This is the next post in my 31 Days of Putting My Family First Series that you can find by clicking here.