Somewhere Kyle has learned the art of "faking it."
Last month he came downstairs on a Sunday morning dressed in sweatpants and a sweatshirt. While I do not dress him in a three-piece suit on Sunday mornings, I do make sure he has on nice jeans or cords and a comfy rugby shirt at the least. I told him that I was glad he had gotten dressed, but I reminded him it was Sunday and those weren't church clothes.
"I think I'm sick," he said. "Can you take my temperature?"
I accommodated this request, although he didn't seem at all sick to me. "It's normal," I reported.
"Darn!" he exclaimed, "I was hoping that I had fever. I don't want to go to church today."
When this same thing happened the next week, we ended up getting to the root of why he didn't want to go to church. We addressed the issue, and it hasn't come up again.
Today he came down for school asking to play computer. I reminded him that we don't play computer before school (in theory -- in reality, he sometimes plays for a bit if he's completely dressed and ready to go and we have a few minutes). "But I think I'm sick," he said.
"I don't," I said.
"How do you catch one of those fevers?" he asked.
He's fine right now, and decidedly not sick. But Amanda -- that's another story. She's complained off and on about a sore throat for the last few days. She's not a morning person, so I wonder how much of her feeling sick is just not getting going in the morning, because she is generally fine later. She went to school today, but it was a sort of borderline thing.
Last fall, Amanda had a horrible horrible cough for weeks -- a month probably. Other than that, she wasn't "sick," but I finally took her to the doctor who prescribed Nasonex for allergies. After a few days, her awful wracking cough was gone. I felt terrible for letting it go so long, but even normal coughs generally linger. And FYI, she hasn't been taking her allergy medicine, so I think the sore throat could be that.
After 11 years of parenting, this is one area that I'm still shaky on. When do I let them stay home from school? When do I take them to the doctor? If they have a fever or they are throwing up, then they for sure stay home. Other than that, I feel like I'm just rolling the dice, but in our house it usually ends up with them going to school.
So when do you let your kids stay home? When do you call the doctor?