Kat is sick. She's got a fever, was up all night coughing and is generally lethargic.
She was quite content to stay home today watching videos, until I gave her some medication and sent her up to bed.
The medication worked. When she realized I was not letting her come back down until she had a nap, she got dressed, came down and packed her lunch and insisted she was all better and was going to school.
No matter what I said. She was going. I reminded her, she can't be at school with a fever. She was going. SO out to the car she went and buckled in. I went to the car and tried to talk some sense into her.
As a result. She got OUT of the car, and began running up the street yelling, "I'm GOING TO SCHOOL." Apparantly there is some kind of celebration today that she did not want to miss out on. After thinking for a minute. I got the car, pulled in front of her, and told her to get in. She said she would if I'd take her to school.
I agreed to take her to school. But told her that we would talk to the people at the office and if THEY said she could stay, fine, but if they said she was too sick to be there because of her fever, she had to come home. She agreed. So off we went.
The staff were FABULOUS with her. Told her why they had that rule, and how hard it is to work when your body doesn't feel well, and that it's better to be home for one day, than several days. One person (I think either the Principal or VP) went to the classroom to find out about the celebration she was missing. Then came back and said that they would try to arrange another celebration when she was back at school and all better.
I was pleased to hear the staff say the same things I'd been saying. How wonderful it is that school is important and that she wants so badly to be there, how important it is to just relax and take care of herself, sleep, rest and eat well.
MAN...I can't even imagine having tried that with my mother. Yet, my kidlet is SO independant, I had to call in reinforcements!!!