This Mama’s “PSA” to Parents of Sick Kids Is No-Holds-Barred Parenting TRUTH

I love, love, love Whoa, Susannah—y’all should totally follow her Facebook page. I said “y’all” because her DELIGHTFUL Southern accent is contagious! And I love the way she’s gets right to the point. (Remember her grocery store rant???) Susannah is a straight-shooter!

Her most recent video message to parents serves as a public service announcement we ALL need to hear (and heed!) now that school is back in session. It’s one I believe in with all my heart and follow to the letter: IF YOUR KID IS SICK, STAY HOME! Don’t come out in public with the stomach flu, and for the love of all that’s holy, don’t send your kid to school sick as Susannah says, “With a roll of toilet paper and some pepto.” Seriously, my daughter’s preschool class was once cut in HALF – in HALF – because someone sent their kid to preschool TOO SOON after this kiddo  had the stomach flu. My daughter was one of those who caught it—so nasty.

Expert opinions vary on how long you should keep a child home from school after vomiting and diarrhea, but the reality is, they need to stay home until they are completely better—usually 48 hours after their last episode—AND their appetite and eating habits have returned to normal.

Trust me, I love my kids being in school, because I work at home and it’s hard to get my work done when they are here. But sending them back early for my convenience doesn’t help! It just makes it more likely that this nasty virus is going to spread around their classroom and then come BACK to my house a week later. No, thanks!

So, let’s all take a page from Whoa, Susannah’s book this school year, moms and dads—and keep those kids at HOME if they are worshipping the porcelain throne! Can I get an “AMEN”??


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Jenny Rapson
Jenny Rapson is a follower of Christ, a wife and mom of three from Ohio and a freelance writer and editor. You can find her at her blog, Mommin' It Up, or follow her on Twitter.