Sickness Etiquette – Because We Are All SICK of it…

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Like for real. I have been put in AWKWARD situations with other sick kids (and sick friends) way too many times. I am serious. Like a playdate arrives at my house only to announce that they have 5ths disease. Um…ya. Get out. 😉

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by Nikki Pennington | staff writer for The Snap Mom

There you are… proudly bringing all your kids for the first time to a play group. Little Timmy’s mom has been going on and on about how wonderful it is. You scope out the room, looking for the perfect spot. That’s when you spot the offense: the runny-nosed child (with green snot nonetheless) standing right in front of your child. He’s reaching out the hand he just wiped his nose with… seeming to say “Welcome to the group! Let’s share my sickness.”

You see, that “little” cold is not so little after all. To a pregnant mom, that “little” cold could turn into something worse and linger longer. That “little” cold is loss of pay from missed work days for the single mom when her child gets sick. It’s medicine and medical bills to the family that doesn’t have health insurance or disposable income. It’s potentially something serious for the newborn Timmy just “sweetly” kissed on the forehead.

Here are four reasons why you should not bring your sick child to playgroup, birthday parties, or the park.

1. Social Life Can Wait

playdate gif 4I promise little Timmy is not going to have a clue he didn’t see little Johnny for the playgroup. I understand that you being able to have a coffee break with other mommy friends is important, however the social calendar should never become more prevalent than the sick child.

2. Staying Home is Best

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When I am sick or just feeling bad, I want nothing more than to be at home curled up in bed. Your child likely feels the same exact way (though they will play if you take them out!). Bringing them out is only going to potentially make the illness worse.

3. Consideration

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Think of others and how their child becoming sick or them becoming sick could alter their life. By bringing your child sick to a playgroup, birthday party, or the park with a friend, you are saying in some ways that you do not care about their wellbeing.

4. Friends Will Be Thankful

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When you call and cancel due to a sick child, I promise your friends will be very thankful. They will not sit back and talk badly about you, in fact they will probably smile and know they can count on you to do this every time. It’s a relief to not have to worry about their child becoming sick when coming around yours.

If you go to a playgroup, birthday party, or the park with close friends and your child becomes sick the next day, give them all a call just as a friendly courtesy call. This way they can monitor their child and themselves and possibly prevent a sickness.

If you’ve been exposed to illness: Immune Builders 101

If you’re feeling something coming on: Holy Grail of Natural Remedies 


 About the author:

nikki pennington

Nikki is a stay at home mom to three high spirited boys. Three years ago she became a motherless daughter after losing her own mom to terminal brain cancer. When she is not playing the role of referee for the boys, she spends her days trying to encourage and inspire others that are on the grief journey.

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