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Monday, April 9, 2012

10 Reasons Parents Don’t Believe Their Child Is Sick

It’s a never-ending battle and a narrow tightrope to walk, dealing with kids who tell you they’re sick. On the one hand, as a caring parent you always want to look out for the welfare of your children and to help them when they’re feeling less than 100%. On the other hand, however, you just don’t know when to believe them sometimes. They can be quite crafty at getting what they want. Take, for instance, these 10 reasons why parents don’t believe their child is sick:
  1. The oral thermometer reads 114°. You go into the bathroom for 2 minutes while your son takes his temperature. For a mere 2 minutes he’s left alone with the thermometer. You come back and, what the … Say, what’s that smoke coming from the table lamp light bulb, Junior?
  2. It’s Monday morning. What is it about 7 AM Monday mornings that make them so susceptible to all manner of germs and viruses anyway? The Monday morning blahs are not something that needs to be diagnosed by the family physician, in case you were wondering.
  3. They’ve faked it umpteen times before, in which case you can hardly be faulted for your skepticism toward the situation. Tell your son the fable of the boy who cried wolf – while he’s dressing himself for school.
  4. The sudden ailment coincides perfectly with final exams or an assignment that is due, which your child has failed to study for or complete on time. It’s amazing the things you can learn just by taking a child’s temperature.
  5. They’ve got an appointment with the dentist scheduled for today. Another remarkable coincidence that your child could fall ill the same day she is due to have dental work done.
  6. You’ve seen your son will his way through the bubonic plague all the way up to Prestige Mode, in Call of Duty. Surely a measly flu bug isn’t going to send our little Commander to sick bay. Perish the thought. Damn the torpedoes and all that.
  7. It happens every spring. Those nice warm days filled with brisk air and sunshine just seems to make the kids so ill. At least on five out of seven days of the week, none of which start with the letter “S”. Oddly enough, they seem to build up an immunity right around Friday afternoon at 3.
  8. They went nearly three full months (June, July, and August) germ-free and in tip-top shape as the immaculate picture of health. Now they seem to be sick every week. Something tells us it’s got nothing to do with allergies or their immune systems.
  9. When we were kids, we never got sick. We walked 5 miles to school, uphill both ways, in our bare feet. And when we got home, we churned butter on our bicycles while painting the barn …
  10. Your daughter swears she’s sick, pointing out her gaunt and pale appearance – which you could have sworn she just spent an hour and a half cultivating in the upstairs bathroom, while coordinating her Hot Topic emo ensemble.
P.S. This post was created and proposed to me by  Tinzley Margolin. I'm therefore publishing it by her invitation and under her permission. See also the link below fore more information:

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