Mom's Rant About Sending Sick Kids To School Prompts Passionate Debate

As parents of school-age children know, there’s always something to worry about. That’s especially true for parents of special needs children, as even things that seem relatively simple can lead to an inordinate amount of worrying.

Maria Jordan MacKeigan, whose daughter has Down’s syndrome, recently took to social media to vent about something that has been sticking in her craw.

She’s concerned about parents that send their kids to school when they are sick, and she shared a picture of her daughter in a hospital room to make her point. Even the smallest of colds can lead to big problems for her daughter, and she was hoping to get that point across.

As Yahoo shares, reaction was decidedly mixed.

“I took Jordan Grace home. When my child gets the simple cold she may end up like this! I can’t for the life of me understand why people would put others at risk ‘because they have so many things to do,’” she wrote.

While MacKeigan certainly has valid concerns, she struck a rather accusatory tone while painting with a wide brush.

“For your information, school is not the babysitting club. Not only are others at risk but your own child needs you to cuddle them, to love them, to care for them back to health,” she continued. “When Jordan Grace is sick, I think of her first, and how miserable she would be at school. But I also think of others, I don’t want my child to go get others sick, especially those who may end up in the hospital because their little bodies can’t fight the sickness off on their own.”

Her post sparked a ton of commentary. While many parents saw her point, they would also offer up a bit more perspective on things.

“I’ve just decided that we can’t protect our kids from everything so I’m not going keep my kids in a bubble, if we end up hospitalized then we do, it’s just a part of our life,” shared one user. “I also try really hard not to judge other parents’ choices because we don’t know their family situation or their child.”

“I’m sure there were days when he didn’t feel good and would have rather stayed home but I had to save every sick day for the fevers and hospital stays, and that didn’t mean I was less of a mom or didn’t care and selfishly went to work,” wrote another poster.

MacKeigan’s point is definitely understandable, as is her frustration. However, her point got lost in the dramatic way she chose to make it. She would later go back to clarify things, but that would spark even more debate. There’s a gigantic lesson in there that we can glean some wisdom from. When you find yourself incredibly frustrated, social media can wait.

Allow yourself some time to cool off, and you’ll be able to collect your thoughts in a more coherent fashion. If you fail to do that, don’t be too surprised if you find that you’re defending your remarks on top of your original frustrations.

Source: Yahoo
Photos: Maria Jordan MacKeigan/Instagram

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