So last Sunday – because everything happens on Sunday, right? – my three (almost four) year old was complaining about a pain in her mouth. Dr. Mama is on duty 24/7 so I took a peek and asked Dr. Google to help diagnosis. Cranker sores…okay, I can live with that. Nothing a bit of Oragel can’t fix right? Wrong! That was just the first sign of what was still to come. And not with just one kid…and the reason why children should never HAVE TO share!
Why Children Should Never Have To Share
As shared on my Facebook timeline the following Tuesday night:
Dear G-d, For the love of my sanity – or whatever is left, please make it so that Anabelle’s lunch just didn’t agree with her. Tomorrow Emily is going back to school finally, and if I have to keep one more kid home, even one more day – cleaning from both ends, I may just lose it completely. Forever yours, E
While you likely won’t find me hanging out at Temple for services, I do totally believe in making my prayers and wishes well-known to the universe. With Emily home for two days, any variation of the word Mama made my skin cringe. I COULD NOT handle one more day of this with yet another kid. It turned out that it wasn’t just lunch disagreeing with Anabelle. But even that wasn’t enough because guess who woke up at 6am feeling sick? Yup, they got me. And it didn’t stop there. Jay got hit with it this past Saturday and finally Papa felt the effects yesterday.
A 24 hour stomach bug is nothing to sneeze at when it turns into a week-long attack on your household. As it rages through your home from child to child and even the adults in the house, there is only so much that can be done to stop it. So for all those parents that insist that children should share, I beg you, don’t teach your children they HAVE TO share, most preschools don’t even do this. Sharing doesn’t mean caring, it means three days of kids home sick and you joining the club – and likely anyone else living in the house. It means lost lunches, lost wages and lost minds.
This is why children should never HAVE TO share. It just spreads germs – more than would be spread if they weren’t forced to do it. But more importantly, just because they are pint-sized little people, doesn’t mean they don’t have a right to decide for themselves if they want to share a toy. Imagine if I came over to you and said you HAVE TO share your (insert your most prized possession here) with me. What would be your response?