Ah, preschool. Such a wonderful place that opens your kid up to socializing, learning, and getting used to being away from you. But it also opens your kid up to sneezes and snot and germs, OH MY! The horrors!
Well, not really. Let’s get serious, germs are good for kids, and they are inevitable! For the parents out there who freak out every time a kid at school sneezes, coughs, or wipes his nose on his sleeve, please relax! As long as you are getting all of the correct vaccinations for your little one, including the flu shot, then your kid will be fine.
If you are not doing this, then that’s on you, and you should be worried that your child is not protected and that you are putting other children at risk. But that’s your choice. I choose to vaccinate and get my child a flu shot every year. So that way, if I see a friend at school coughing, I don’t spiral into a state of panic and fury, and act like the zombie apocalypse has finally arrived.
I kiss my little one and tell him I’ll see him after school, and go on about my day. I’ll also send my kid to school with a cough, a runny nose, or a few sneezes. If he doesn’t have a fever, rash, or bodily fluids coming out of either end, he’s going to school. If I kept him home every time he coughed or sneezed or had snot dripping out of his nose, he would miss A LOT of school days.
And before you hate on me for saying this, I’m only following my preschool’s official sick policy! If you are a parent who freaks out about a kid coming to school with a runny nose, please for the good of everyone involved (including parents like me who have to deal with the judgment), check the school’s sick policy before signing up. It’s that simple. Play date, anyone? I’ll bring the germs!