How to rule out school sickness?!

I like things clearcut. So whenever my kids exhibit all kinds of vague symptoms, I wring my hands in despair, wondering how to rule out a severe case of school sickness.

But, after doing many hours of research in my secret lab, I have developed a foolproof method to rule out school sickness!

'If you're really sick, you can stay home. But since you're really sick you have to stay in bed all day, without your tv, Nintendo, iPod, laptop, WII and Playstation.'

This usually leads to instant recovery!

But when my eldest son reported to me this morning with the announcement: 'My stomach hurts,' he agreed to everything.
To be sure, I asked: 'And you're sure your stomach doesn't hurt because you feel so bad about having to go to school?
'If that were the case, my stomach would hurt everyday,' he said.

So I tucked him in with lots of TLC.
And his iPod, laptop, WII, Nintendo, Playstion and tv.

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