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Sick day from school – better than a massage

Whether your experience wanting a sick day is from being a child yourself or from parenting your own children, the story doesn’t change. “I have a sore tummy/I’m going to throw up/I don’t feel well/I’m REALLY sick/I can’t go to school.” Before the school bus has pulled away, all of the child’s symptoms are gone.  Time to play! How did children learn so early that this charade of being ‘sick’ is the only way to take a day or a few away from the demands of daily life?