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Every time one of my kids says they are sick and can’t possibly make it to school, I immediately assume I am being swindled.

Because sometimes I am. It’s just so hard to know.

Recently my 3rd grader was so sick she couldn’t even lift her head off the pillow. And it was field day at school. That’s a day where kids get to run around and play games for a couple hours in the afternoon. Given her great desire to participate in field day, I knew she was seriously sick.

Well, by noon – when I had to leave to volunteer for field day – she had somehow summoned the strength to go.

“How am I supposed to explain to your teacher that you were too sick for math and reading but now you are fully healed in time for the field day activities?” She shrugged her shoulders.

I guess it was a miracle. But because I really had no desire to volunteer for her class without her there, I let her go.

In some ways I understood. In college, I distinctly remember being too exhausted for 8 am English class but had rebounded in time for a fraternity mixer that evening. We all have the great potential to heal ourselves (or ignore our symptoms) when fun is involved.

As a parent, you really have to be a super sleuth to decide whether kids are truly sick.

My one tip… make sick days at home as tedious as possible.  I don’t let the kids watch TV or play on their iTouches. They are allowed to read books (the paper kind), do art, play the piano or rest. That’s it. If that gets boring, they can help me unload the dishwasher.

It seems to work. My daughter Summer still refers to one sick day as her “most boring day ever.”

So when she recently had a minor sore throat, she opted to go to school. I gave her a quick spray of Chloraseptic sore throat spray and she was good to go.

I remember using this product as a kid and totally forgot about it until the company asked me to do a sponsored post.  

I always struggle when my kids have sore throats because I’m still not comfortable letting my 7 and 9 year old have lozenges. (Hey, at least, I no longer cut up their grapes.) But seriously, this is an easy way to treat minor throat pain.

The sprays come in a range of flavours, including cherry, citrus and honey lemon and are alcohol, aspirin and sugar free.

Here’s a cute video but my husband is a way better juggler…

This post was sponsored by Chloraseptic. All ideas are my own.

8 Responses to (sponsored video) how to know if your kids are actually sick

  • British American says:

    I just let my 3rd grader stay home today with a bad cold and a sore throat and she’s currently watching Sesame St with her little brother! I may have some expired throat spray in the cupboard! It is hard to know – I called my husband at work to get his input before I called school. Strep has been going around, so she might be getting that. My husband did say she should work on her homework if she starts to feel better.

  • LilaLane says:

    Love your approach to sick days….not so much a sponsored post for a product that contains precisely the artificial dyes (Red 40, Blue 1) that you’ve railed against for a while now? I mention only because I just thought of you the other day when I ordered my artificial-color-free Easter Egg dye kits; I’m so grateful to you for raising awareness of this stuff, and I hate to think that you’re now spraying it down your kids’ throats!

  • Steph says:

    I remember it was so hard to tell when my older child was little whether she had just a cold or needed to go to the doctor. Now as a teenager I let her decide whether she needs doc or not:)

  • Heather says:

    Pfft you are too kind. They can do ART? Mine can read…or sleep. Or read or sleep. Nor do things like internet return at 3pm. If you’re sick, you’re still sick when school lets out. If they are willing to lay in bed reading and sleeping then I consider them sick enough to stay home.

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