Should kids be 'punished' for being sick?


#1

Anyone see this story on Huffington Post today?

I have to admit that was a miffed one year that my child had 100% attendance and there was no comment or acknowledgement or recognition.

But surely children shouldn’t be rewarded for being well or sick?


#2

I don’t see giving 100% attendance award as a punishment for students for being unwell, but a reward for students who strive to attend school without fail. Our schools give 100% attendance certificates at the end of each term, and I think my children only ever had it once or twice. They’re happy when they have it, but never felt they’ve been punished if they don’t get it.

I think kids need to learn that not getting a reward doesn’t mean punishment. Otherwise, life would get very difficult for them, if they expect that they get rewarded all the time.


#3

We just try to make staying at home as boring as possible in order to encourage the boys not to ask for a day off unless they are genuinely unwell. So no iPad, wii or TV all day if you are staying at home. Works a treat.