Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Why am I a Bad Mom today?

Why do I feel like the worst Mom ever? Because of strict attendance policies at school, I sent Isaac to school with a stomachache. Knowing that I just am getting over a flu that lasted for a little over three days, and he probably caught it. Also knowing for a fact that Isaac had a croup episode early Monday morning. I also am bugged because the steroids he had to take for his croup have their side effects, which include lower anti-bodies, crankiness, insomnia, anxiety and increased heart risk. All of this leaving me to feel like I am not a very good Mom, just before Mother's day. I really hate making judgement calls like that. Especially when it REALLY BUGS me when other parents send their children to school sick. I wish we could re-write some of these policies. I feel that as long as children that have missed exessive days from school, can do well enough on their testing at the end of the year to show that they are not a truant that the test should show enough to say that the student is not trying to be a truant. Especially for a first grader, come on now, let's get real. Sorry, if this is a bit annoying, but I had to vent today. I am seriously feeling rotten & guilty.


Christina said...

I am sorry you have been sick and feeling bad. Does Isaac have a 504 plan (medical guidelines the school has to follow, like not counting his absences against him)? You can see a sample at:
It is the last link at the bottom. Good luck!

Hugs & Prayers,
Jacob's Momma

Christy said...

You are such a great mom! Christina's comment was by far the most constructive, but I will say that I am also against sending kids to school sick, but I have done it, too, because of the attendance policy. If you don't, you start to get threatening letters...believe me, I know! So hang in there. I do wonder if there is an exception for Isaac. Might be worth looking into. But you are a great mom because you care about so many things, health and attendance policies. And your kids are great, too!