Worst Mom Ever

This all began a week or so ago when the flu started going around the house. First my daughter, then me. Then yesterday my middle son woke up saying he didn’t feel good. My gut instinct was, “Hmmm…this seems like a bit of good old fashioned drama to me.” But since it had been going around I had no reason not to believe him, right? So I allowed him to stay home, notified school he had the flu, and went to check on him a bit later. What do you know? He felt “all better!” That little turkey faked sick to stay home and then had the nerve to tell me! I felt angry and embarrassed, but what was I supposed to do? Bring him to school and say, ‘Never mind…he was bluffing?’ Nope. I allowed him to stay home but he had to stay in his room the entire day. No TV, no music…lots of books.

Which brings me to this morning. This time it was my oldest who woke up saying he didn’t feel good. Now let me just clarify, there is a long history of dramatic tendencies there (his father’s DNA?) so I approached it cautiously. It was obvious to he me he was just trying to get out of school because of what his brother had pulled yesterday. The ol’ motherly instinct…on point! So I told him once he got up and going, got outside into the fresh air he’d feel fine. Through his complaining I made him eat breakfast, get dressed, pack his bag and head to the bus stop. I sent him off with a wave and a sigh of relief.

9:02 am. The phone rings. It’s the school nurse. Guess who barfed…all over the bus? He didn’t even make it to school! Needless to say, I spent the entire drive home from picking him up apologizing profusely. Luckily he’s a forgiving little dude.

So here we sit this afternoon: sick couch, Harry Potter movies, barf bucket, saltine crackers, ice chips and enough mother’s guilt to last a lifetime. One of these days I’ll get it right….fingers crossed.


  1. If it makes you feel better, my mom’s standard response was “Walk it off, Coan”. I puked many a time at school after being pushed out the door.

  2. Omg Marie- I died a lil inside after reading this- for real- the guilt!!!!!! The shame!!!! The worst is the nurse called you and your other was “sick” the day before- she’s like geez ‘these moms’!!!! Oh oooops I think I just managed to make you feel worse- sorry bout that! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Yes!!! You are spot on. The nurse asked him if his brother was sick yesterday…and he didn’t know what to tell her, so he just said yes! *shame…for so many reasons!* I am going to be sure to buy the bus driver a little treat as a thanks for cleaning it all up….AND walking him to the nurses office once they got to school. Isn’t that sweet? Poor lady!

  3. Oh you poor thing-but never fear you aren’t alone. I’m pretty bad about “calling it” myself and I have 5 kids…the oldest is 14…you’d think I’d had time to figure it out by now. I generally err on the side of letting them stay home unnecessarily because a)I figure if they go to all that trouble to fake they must need a mental health break b)I don’t want to have to go get them-so yes, I’m lazy. c) there’s always that nagging fear of a kid barfing on the bus…oops I’m not making you feel better at all right now am I? You aren’t the first, you won’t be the last. And now your kid has something to hold over you for the rest of his life…oh again..not really comforting eh? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Moms do worse every day. Visiting you from SITS love what I see so far! About to hit the Join this site button! Exciting! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Happy SITS day. We have all had those moments!!

  5. Oh my goodness. Thanks for being so real. That motherhood guilt is crazy thing we live with! I have to say I laughed so hard as I was reading your post! I’m glad I found you through SITS!

  6. I have done the exact. same. thing. Felt horrible afterward but I think it’s a motherhood right of passage. Saw you on SITS and is it weird that I got a little excited when I read Make Your Own DAMN Dinner? Because I think it’s awesome. And I could have written your about me section so I have no choice to follow you!

  7. Been there, done that too! You know what though, I don’t mind a mental health day once in a while. But it always seems like they are really sick when it is totally inconvenient for us!

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