A version of the stories I am about to tell have happened to parents everywhere, I would imagine.
One day at recess, Beth dropped down from the monkey bars. She landed on her arm, and complained about her arm hurting. The school nurse iced Beth’s arm. Beth’s mom couldn’t see anything wrong with her daughter’s arm, even though Beth still complained that her arm hurt.
Finally, she took her daughter to the doctor. She had a hairline fracture and got a purple cast.
If only she had known, she would have taken Beth to the doctor right away.
Jenna’s mom fed Jenna a good breakfast and sent her off to school, just as usual.
An hour later, as Jenna was working one-on-one with her second grade teacher, her breakfast came back up. The teacher sent Jenna to the school office, and Jenna’s mom came back to school to take her home.
If only she had known, she would have kept Jenna home from school that day.
I was Beth and Jenna’s teacher at the time, and now, I am Emmy’s mom.
Emmy’s mom thought that it was a nice day for a walk. It was the beginning of spring, after all. Emmy was getting over a cold, and the fresh air would do them both some good. Emmy insisted she did not want to wear her hat. Emmy’s mom caved in, even though it was still a little chilly outside.
That night, Emmy wouldn’t lie down in her crib. She cried on and off, and was obviously in pain. Emmy’s mom took her to the pediatrician the next morning, and sure enough, Emmy had an ear infection.
If only she had known, she would have made Emmy wear her hat!
Emmy has been sick for the past week, so she probably would have gotten an ear infection anyway. But I can’t help feeling some Mommy Guilt…I should have made her wear her hat! My Mommy Guilt is why I am linking up to: