I’m an educator by nature. I started teaching group fitness in high school and then into college. As soon as my student days were over, I went straight into substitute teaching. This eventually lead to full-time teaching, and 400 years later, here I am – still in the classroom.
I have learned a lot during my tenure as a teacher. I’ve witnessed students crash and burn, pull themselves up, and accomplish successes that they never thought possible. I’ve watched them give up, take chances, and challenge themselves. I’ve seen it all.
The best advice I can give any parent as we head into another school year is, don’t sweat the small stuff, give your kids room to learn, and for the love of all things good in this world, LET THEM STAY HOME WHEN THEY ARE NOT FEELING WELL.
Americans are trained to push through the agony. No pain, no gain. Rub some dirt on it, and get back in the game. If you can walk to the kitchen, you can go to school. As a teacher with a lot of experience, I am here to tell you that this is counterproductive behavior that not only affects your child, but also affects their peers and their teacher. Something as “simple” as a minor cold or a sinus infection can be a huge disruption. Not only is your child miserable, unable to pay attention, and most likely self-conscious about any noticeable symptoms, but the rest of the classroom is distracted as well.
You’ve been ill before. When we’re not feeling well, we don’t sleep well. A lack of sleep can cause a series of negative side effects like irritability, brain fog, and silly mistakes that could lead to bigger accidents. Even if your child doesn’t have a temperature, ask them if they got enough sleep. Sometimes we just need to stay home to catch up on some Zs. Your child and the classroom will benefit. Just remember that a sick/exhausted kid in school does not equal a mentally present kid.
Teaching our children responsibility and a good work ethic is key for a healthy/happy future adult, but let’s not forget to teach them self care as well. A day or two of recovery will benefit your child’s mental and physical health. Don’t worry too much about your child falling behind. That’s why they pay us educators the big bucks.