Isaac stayed home from school yesterday. He woke up with a sore throat and a runny nose. I have had a cold for the last few days so I wasn’t surprised that it had spread.
The day before he had gone to school with a headache. He gets them kind of frequently and they last for 15 minutes or so and then they go away but when he got to school he told his teacher that he wasn’t feeling well. She then used that reminder to tell his whole class that if they have a cold or pinkeye that they shouldn’t come to school because those sicknesses are really contagious.
The very next day he wakes up with a cold.
As we were getting ready for school he told me what his teacher said about colds and I let him stay home. As the day goes on I can see that he is well enough to be at school and I am annoyed. Sure, I could bring him to school and let him finish out the day but I don’t see much point in that. Plus, he is playing with the little kids which is oh so nice. But all day I feel bothered by the fact that I let him stay home.
Then eventually it hit me. I’m not annoyed that he is home when he is clearly well enough to be at school, I’m annoyed at myself that I let his teacher influence my parenting decision. You see, we are not a stay home from school with a cold type of family. So, if I had followed my own instincts on the matter he would have been at school. Instead, I let something his teacher said make me question my choices and that isn’t okay with me.
While I am still somewhat annoyed at myself I am also glad that I was able to learn this lesson. Isaac missing one day of school at the beginning of the year is a small price to pay for me to be more aware of how I make my decisions. Hopefully in the future I will follow my gut and not worry about what others say.