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The words any parent doesn’t want to hear – “Mommy I don’t feel good.” Oh great now your perfectly planned schedule of juggling a career, grocery shopping, maybe a lunch date with a friend just got thrown out the window because the first thing you think of is “She’s going to have to stay home from school”, which means you will have to stay home from work. But then you think…Hmm…maybe she’s not sick enough to stay home from school? That is the million dollar question.
On the one hand, she’s always got something dripping out of her nose and sniffling. If we kept them home for every time we wiped their nose, they’d never go to school. On the other hand, we for sure don’t want to make them possibly get sicker – or make other kids sick. Calling your child’s pediatrician for advice can never hurt, but also remember most schools have guidelines to follow.
First and foremost Fevers are a HUGE no no. If your child has a fever they do not go to school…period. A fever is any temperature of 100.4 Fahrenheit or greater. Your child will need to be fever-free for a minimum of 24-hours before she can return to school. Please do yourself a favor and DON’T PUMP THEM FULL OF TYLENOL to mask the fever and then send them to school. You’re risking making your child much more sick and infecting the rest of the school.
A small intermediate cough or sniffle usually isn’t enough to keep them home, but if it’s a bad cough and the mucus is thick, messy and gross…it’s best to keep them home for the day and see how they do.
The dreaded throwing up and, or diarrhea. Just talking about this one makes me feel stomach sick. This is an immediate stay home puke free for at least 24 hrs. after the last episode, not from the first time they threw up. Make sure everyone at home washes their hands really well, as stomach bugs tend to be extremely contagious.
Another reason to keep them home no questions asked is head lice. You will have to give the school a call as well so they can ANONYMOUSLY alert the other parents. Anyone can get head lice…don’t be embarrassed. The cleanest person in the world can get lice simply by having contact with someone else who had it. Just get the appropriate shampoo and comb and everything will be find. They can return to school when lice and nit free. Also remember to bad all stuffed animals, pillow cases, blankets and use recommended sprays to clean them. Great….now my head itches.
Just try to use common sense and remember that you know your child best. Ultimately, you get to make the decision. Your pediatrician will be there to guide you if needed.
You can read more at huffingtonpost.com.
In New Mexico, a 9-year-old girl has accidentally passed out edible marijuana gummies to some of her classmates. Furious at the schools response, the parents of many of the students are beside themselves how this could happen.
KRQE news reports after a fifth grade girl at the Albuquerque School of Excellence in New Mexico found a box of what she thought was candy at home, she brought it to school and shared it with five of her classmates. Shortly after, the girl began feeling ill. Her teacher noticed the symptoms and sent the little girl to the school’s nurse. After questioning the girl about what she’d eaten prior to feeling sick, the school nurse dug the empty candy box out of the trash and quickly realized, “nope…that’s not candy.”
It turns out that the gummies were actually marijuana edibles that the girl’s grandfather used for medicinal purposes. Members of the school’s administration made an announcement immediately after finding the box. They asked for any student who had eaten the gummies to come to the front office right away. Five students came forward, all with varying degrees of symptoms.
After being checked by paramedics, the children were fine. But once the parent’s found out – they were not so fine. The school issued a statement on Facebook to the parent’s which said….“If parents aren’t keeping cannabis products safely at home and away from children, then how are we supposed to monitor the situation at school?” Some parents are outraged at this response from the school.
You can read the full response from the school, and parent’s at cafemom.com.
Says a study by economists at the University of Edinburgh, Analysis Group, and University of Sydney. The studies show that firstborn children have better thinking skills and higher IQ test scores than their younger brothers and sisters, even as early as age 1. This is probably a tough pill to swallow for all of you youngest or middle siblings. Although I’m the youngest in my family…I kind of get it.
Dr. Ana Nuevo-Chiquero, from Edinburgh University’s school of economics said, “Our results suggest that broad shifts in parental behavior are a plausible explanation for the observed birth order differences in education and labour market outcomes.” This means that it may be suggested that it could be the oldest kids are receiving more mental stimulation. This doesn’t mean that parents aren’t providing the same level of emotional support to their children, the firstborns were just given undivided attention with tasks that boosted thinking skills to where the younger children…not so much.
Does this mean that parents are pretty much over it by the time that younger siblings come along? That has yet to be determined, but one thing is for sure. There is a downside for eldest siblings. There is a lot more pressure for them to succeed in education and career goals later in life. So, it’s kind of a toss-up.
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Have you ever thought…I wonder what happens after I drop my child off at school? It’s almost impossible for a parent to stay with their child for an entire day of school, so in order for parents to better understand their school experiences, one anonymous teacher shared nine things about a typical school day that most parents don’t get…but need to.
One of the 9 things that you probably didn’t expect is they blossom when you drop them off. Your child may be super clingy and shy around you but that doesn’t mean they are at school. Some children transform into completely different people when they aren’t glued to your side. This is important for parents to realize and to never assume that their child takes on the same role at school as they do at home.
Another thing is hurt feelings are not always a bad thing. Children learn a lot at school that doesn’t have anything to do with writing or math. Learning social skills and how to deal with them is a very big part of school. Children, no matter how adorable they appear, can be mean and hurtful – usually not meaning to be. It is tremendously important that they learn how to react to these feelings and equally as important – recovering from them appropriately.
To see the rest of the 9 things that you really need to know at popsugar.com….CLICK HERE!