“My throat really hurts…can I play X-box?”

There’s one sure-fire way to make sure a sick day is not squandered if you have a tween/teen boy…tell them no X-Box or TV while convalescing.  If they really feeling like crap, then they won’t care.

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If their condition is borderline, it’s a judgement call.  If you’re on the fence and they’re unsure as to the need for a sick day, having them read a book serves two purposes; either it will put them to much needed sleep, or it will enable them to at least get some of their homework done.

If they look truly miserable by lunch-time, than fire up the TV.  Hey, I’m not a monster…

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