Tuesdays are Your Turn – The Family Get-Together
Today’s question, from my email, is just in time for these pre-holiday months:
How do you handle family gatherings (i.e. holidays and birthday parties) when someone in your extended family is sick?
My family totally does not understand asthma, or asthmatic triggers. It seems like often during family gatherings, one of my nieces have a bad cold/cough/flu, etc. and my family is very critical of our decision not to attend (because we’re trying to protect our 5yr old daughter with asthma). They claim we run the same risk of getting sick if we take her shopping (which we don’t) or in school. My stance is that at school there is a sick policy so that theoretically, sick kids stay home – whereas at family gatherings, there isn’t. If there are sick kids at school, that I’m aware of, I usually keep her home just to be safe. I know, inevitably, she’ll
get sick here or there, but since that is her major asthma trigger (and her asthma is scary bad), to me it isn’t worth going somewhere that I know poses a risk. What do you think? Am I being overprotective like my family says?
How about, readers? Overprotection or the rational response to a child’s health threat? And what would/do you guys do in this mom’s position?
Since I like Tuesdays to focus on your voices instead of mine, I’ll reserve my own feedback for the comments later today as per usual.