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To The Mom Who Sends Her Sick Child To School

Natalie Thomas | Posted 11.01.2016 | Parents
Natalie Thomas

I've never been much a rule follower. I'll fudge my daughter's age at overpriced theme parks, talk my way into a free trial class, knowing I have no intention of signing up and bypass rules of the road (The rolling stop is a favorite move of mine as is right on red, no u-turn... Basically, I'm a menace to society.).

Sick Babies

Curtis Rogers | Posted 04.23.2017 | Parents
Curtis Rogers

I have written extensively in this forum about what a big, whiny baby I am when I am sick. It is well documented that I suck at being sick. Well... my wife calls it being sick. I think of it as a close encounter with my mortality and myself as a victim of plague and Ebola and other maladies introduced to me by my children via their poison snot. It all depends on perspective I guess.

The Daddy Diaries, Chapter 48: A Cure for the Common Cold

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 03.25.2017 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

There comes a time in every parent's life when your child gets sick for the first time. One day, he's a shiny little angel, and the next minute, he's got snot running down his nose, and he starts to sound and look like Abe Vigoda.

Sometimes, Bad Shots Happen

Amber Nichols-Buckley | Posted 01.13.2017 | Parents
Amber Nichols-Buckley

Maybe being "in control" all of the time isn't what our kids need to see in us. Maybe they need to see that we acknowledge their pain and their hurt. That we feel it too because we hate to ever see them suffer, even in the most minor ways (like penicillin shots).

Finding my Christmas Spirit in the Most Unlikely Places

Stephanie Land | Posted 12.18.2016 | Parents
 Stephanie Land

I wish sometimes that this could be Christmas. Quiet mornings, in the glow of lights, and not a build-up to another early morning of opening gifts that will soon be forgotten, discarded on the bedroom floor. I want to enjoy these two warm bodies next to me that were once part of my own.

A Simple Wish: Rachael's Story

Sarah Cannata | Posted 06.15.2016 | Impact
Sarah Cannata

Kids such as 9 year-old Rachael have experienced more hospital visits and grit their teeth through more ongoing treatment than I ever have. Maybe more than you have too.

5 Ways To Take Care Of My Sick Toddler

Meredith Hale | Posted 05.02.2015 | Parents
Meredith Hale

While my kids have had their share of illnesses, this was one of the longer bouts my son has experienced. Playing nursemaid, I learned a lot about how to care for my ailing toddler.

4 Mistakes Parents Make At The Pediatrician's Office

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 04.19.2015 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

We aren't here to judge -- and we have seen and heard worse, I promise. Please, tell the truth. I can't take care of your child (or you) if you don't.

Having Sick Kids Would Be Fun If...

Amy Nielson | Posted 04.19.2015 | Parents
Amy Nielson

As I sat there today, surrounded by these lovable disease carriers of mine, I couldn't help but think there had to be a better way to be sick. The following are some of the ideas I came up with.

What My Daughter's Food Poisoning Taught Me About Suffering

Vanessa Loder | Posted 03.23.2015 | Parents
Vanessa Loder

My daughter had no resistance to being sick. She had no experience with it; she'd never had a stomach bug before. Without that experience there was no story about what was happening or about what should be happening. There was no resistance.

I Can't Put My Kids in a Bubble?

Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC | Posted 03.22.2015 | Parents
Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC

It's that time of year again -- everyone is chasing their kids around with hand sanitizer and Elderberry syrup. The runny noses and trails of Kleenex scattered around my house remind me of my son's first cold. He was 10 months old when he broke his seal of perfect health. I was devastated.

New Bill Could Make It Easier For Health Care Providers To Help Very Sick Kids

Pew's Stateline | Christine Vestal | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

5 Steps To A Speedy Recovery From Strep

Kerry Lyons | Posted 01.05.2015 | Parents
Kerry Lyons

My day is a revolving door of administering antibiotics, Tylenol and ice pops while juggling a valiant attempt to work from home. I feel like Florence Nightingale with a laptop -- and a mission: To conquer strep for once and for all. Here's my plan:

I'm Making a Difference by Improving Hospital Care for Kids

Leanne Joyce | Posted 10.27.2014 | Impact
Leanne Joyce

I am the 14-year-old Founder and President of Positive Impact for Kids. My 501(c)(3) non-profit strives to improve the lives of hospitalized children ...

10 Ways to Make Doctor Visits a Little Easier for Your Child

Jessica Bensten | Posted 09.20.2014 | Parents
Jessica Bensten

It doesn't take long for kids, especially those with chronic issues, to develop phobias to doctors, specific offices and treatments. From my years as a waiting-room hopper, I've learned how to make the best of doctor's visits for me and for the kids.

Not Everyone Gets To Go Home

Aaron Gouveia | Posted 06.15.2014 | Parents
Aaron Gouveia

Your world shrinks when your child is hospitalized with a serious condition.

The Phone Call Every Parent Dreads

Steve Belanger | Posted 05.31.2014 | Parents
Steve Belanger

As I ran into the building, the looks on all the teachers' faces struck a deeper fear into me. They seemed shaken, which amplified my panic.

An Experienced Mom's Tricks For Surviving Stomach Flu Season

Julie Cole | Posted 03.05.2014 | Parents
Julie Cole

Some people beam when their kids get a gold medal in a sport or win a spelling bee. My pride comes from knowing that I had 19 rounds of vomit in our house and every single kid hit a toilet or bucket every single time.

Santa Sent His Elves On A Very Special Mission This Year

Posted 12.09.2013 | Parents

Santa's elves are known for making the toys, but it looks like the boss gave them an extra task this year. Last week, a group of "elves," all dres...

A Public Apology To The Mothers Of Sick Children Whom I Doubted

Claire Zulkey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Claire Zulkey

That's where I was for much of last month. Learning many lessons. Cleaning up bodily fluids. Spending a lot of money on Gatorade and Pedialyte. And sending mental apologies to that mom whom I once doubted, because being at work is infinitely better than all this gross nonsense.

In the Thick of 'Young Man's Cancer'

Jeb Harrison | Posted 10.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeb Harrison

Take care of ourselves? Perhaps that's the one thought that trumps all others, and probably the one thing that parents of sick kids, especially sick adult kids, lose sight of. And it's probably the only thing in this whole horrifying cancer dance that a proud parent can actually control to some degree.

Why 1 In 3 Parents Think Their Kids Will Cost Them Their Jobs

Posted 10.23.2012 | Parents

By: David Mielach, BusinessNewsDaily Staff Writer Published: 10/23/2012 06:56 AM EDT on BusinessNewsDaily Missing work to take care of sick kids...

Momfession: 'My Kids' Flu Might Kill Me'

Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh | Posted 05.20.2012 | Parents
Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh

There is something about sick children that gets at the core of parenting. They exhaust you, but you keep caring for them. They smell disgusting, and you love them anyway. These beings you created are broken, and it is up to you to set them right.

Do Me a Favor and Keep Your Sickness To Yourself

Jen M.L. | Posted 04.30.2012 | Parents
Jen M.L.

I do realize it's winter and kids are sick all the time. I know kids will infect other kids, but when the parents don't give a sh*t that's when it really bugs me.

Sick Days

Devon Corneal | Posted 11.26.2011 | Parents
Devon Corneal

I am not a germaphobe. I don't own hand sanitizer. I almost never rarely make my son wash his hands before dinner. I am convinced that the only reason he's never had lice is because I rarely shampoo his hair. I remember chicken pox parties and think they were a good thing. That's why I really hope my son's teachers aren't reading this. Because, as the new school year begins, I have to ask: Does anyone adhere to the "Don't send your kids to school sick" rule?