Tuesdays are Your Turn – Overprotection vs. Avoiding Contagion
The long, anxiety-ridden chain of events leading up to my daughter’s current-but-dwindling GI bug:
1. A boy my kid hangs out with at school had a birthday party scheduled for the day before Easter, right in the middle of Spring Break.
2. That’s why most of the kids he invited, mine included, couldn’t go.
3. So his parents rescheduled the party for this past Saturday.
4. Last Thursday, two days before the party, he went home early after getting sick in the bathroom at school.
5. His parents didn’t postpone the party since he was feeling better by Saturday morning.
6. However, his family contains eight people, all of whom live in the house, meaning viruses can circulate through plenty of bodies before they leave the premises.
7. All of which I knew before the party.
8. Therefore, I faced this decision Saturday evening: keep my daughter – who gets sick all the time, anyway – home to avoid the probable contagion, or refuse to live according to what *might* happen and accept the possibility of illness.
9. We talked with her about the risk of contracting a stomach bug vs. the reward of the party, and she still wanted to go.
10. Because I don’t want to raise my kid into a fearful adult and I feel like 11 year-olds should have some choices and independence in their lives, I let her go. With a travel-size bottle of hand sanitizer in her pocket.
11. And that’s how she (and at least two other children also at the party) got sick.
What would you have done?