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Tricks My Mama Taught Me: No School, No Fun

Kids are notorious for bluffing an illness to get out of school, but moms have a few tricks up their sleeves for knowing when our tots should stay home from school. For those times when it's too close to call, having a few guidelines for sick days will keep your tot in check.

When I was a kid, most of my friend's moms had a rule: If they stayed home from school due to illness, there was no playing allowed. They were able to watch TV for a little while, but a sick day mostly consisted of fluids, meds, and rest — no fun for a wee one faking an ailment. If you're having a hard time deciphering if your daughter's stomachache is because of a test or the bug that's been going around, chances are she'll make the decision for you. If she's feeling fine and knows that it's not going to be a free day of play, she'll head to school. If she's feeling under the weather, she'll be compliant to relax on the couch.


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