I don't want to be "that mom" who is a freakshow about germs to an unhealthy degree but I'm also realizing certain places are almost guaranteed to send your child away with a new illness...the indoor playground at the mall being one of them. Last time we were there two boys were running around hacking and coughing left and right. I thought it was so gross. Who lets their children run around 20 other small children hacking?!! I tried to keep Parks away from them but it was difficult, then three days later...he got a really bad cold.
It's such a hard line to walk as a parent. I err on the side of being really cautious about exposing other kids to my child's cold, just because I know how much it stinks when Parks get sick. We've skipped church a couple Sundays because of the snotty nose. Maybe this is a first-time mom thing and by the second and third child the world doesn't stop spinning because of a snotty nose.
What do you think? Is it worth it to go to these public playground type environments that you know are teeming with millions of germs and a week of sickness is likely to ensue? What's the line between being a realist who wants to avoid a sick child and a pyscho mom who unreasonably shelters her child?
When your child does inevitably get sick, do you cancel playdates, church, etc for a cold or do you keep marching on?