Long anticipating our first play date with a local play date group, I cancelled our RSVP to a begrudging “No” with a comment about ‘baby’s green snot.’ Disappointed, yes, but more upset at the whole situation and people that put me in such a mood. As a parent to sick kids, I am choosing to keep my kids at home rather than bring them around others (kids or otherwise) because it’s the considerate thing to do. Unfortunately, that common sense or consideration is not instilled in all parents.
Parents such as the fellow members at our local YMCA with what’s called Child Watch. The Child Watch center is the on-site childcare facility in the Y that watches children while their caregiver is utilizing the facility. The center oversees children as young as 6 weeks, which is when Lanoy began attending and is now sick at 7 weeks. Coincidence? Maybe. Probably not. Every time I drop my kids off, there is at least one child with a hacking cough or a snotty sneeze. So, now that my children are a part of this unwell demographic, I choose to keep them from other children even though I desperately want to drop them off and have a kid-free 45 minutes to myself or for Humnoy to meet other toddlers at the now-cancelled play date. So, when sick kids are out in an optional public outing like a play date or the library, I will judge the crap out of you because that choice was clearly a poor one.
For the most part, I try not to blame others for something that happens to my children because I am responsible for their little lives. I try to be responsible for my children’s behavior, health, and interaction with others. I am mindful to wash my and Humnoy‘s hands as often as possible and do so before and after his Child Watch attendance because hello? I have a brand new baby in my arms at all times and because kids are disgusting little creatures. My proactive approach in their well-being can only go so far and that’s where others can jeopardize my diligence in protecting my own kids. This reminds me of Gym Hottie’s accident: no matter how careful he was or how aware of the surroundings, it still doesn’t account for the actions of others. Parents are responsible for sick kids. Sick kids affect other people therefore parents making that poor choice is affecting other people. Stay close to home. Let the poor kids rest up. Think clearly of your choice to make the best one you can. Need to go to the store with sick kids? Take them because it’s something you need to do. Zumba class at noon? No ma’am, please reconsider.
A sick baby makes a sad Mama and baby.
How do you handle sick kids?
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