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Nov

We’ve all heard of chicken pox parties, where parents bring their kids over to a friends house to make sure they catch the notorious illness. On the one hand, I can see the benefit of knowing in advance that your child will be sick. On the other, I can also understand why parents might feel twinges of a guilty conscience for essentially encouraging their children to catch an illness.

Many parents also argue that they actively want their little ones to get sick at day care and in class because they believe it will bolster their immune systems. What do you think? Do you believe that childhood illnesses will benefit your kids in the long run? Would you encourage them to get sick? You tell us!

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  1. krellpw says:

    I understand the concept, but I could not in good conscience knowingly expose my son to an illness, just to “get it over with.”

    He’s in full time public school. There’s plenty of opportunity there for him to get exposed to all kinds of germy goodness naturally.

    I can’t see deliberately going out of our way to expose or infect him with anything. It’s counterintuitive and goes against all of my parenting instincts to protect and nurture his health.

  2. Kevin says:

    Plus, these days there’s a chicken pox vaccine. Like the last poster, there are plenty of opportunities for kids to get sick. It’s not necessary to deliberately expose them to viruses.

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