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Rachel Wright explains how her son had been invited to a ‘100% attendance party’ thanks to his exemplary record.

The UK mum went on to explain that she won’t allow him to accept the award – because, she says, “being lucky enough not to get sick” isn’t something to celebrate.

“In this family we will think of as many reasons possible to praise our children,” she wrote on the post.

“We will celebrate and reward them, but being lucky enough not to get sick is not one of them. He’s lucky to have not developed a fever, had an accident or live with a chronic illness.”

She then goes on to explain that such awards “demonise the weakest”:
“In this family you are not shamed for ill health, vulnerability or weakness,” she explains.
“In this house you are not encouraged to spread germs when you are not well.
“In this house we look after ourselves and the weakest amongst us.”

“He had no control over his attendance,” she says.
“I took him to school and it would have been my decision to keep him off. I should get the reward (or not) for his attendance.”

“As much as I understand the importance of attendance, there must be a better way of helping those families and children who don’t go to school for non-genuine reasons,” she continues.

“The messages we are sending to our kids when we reward attendance is wrong for so many reasons.”

And for those of us worried that her son will miss out on the party, don’t worry – Wright says that “we’re planning an alternative event for him, friends and those that don’t get 100% attendance”.

Her post has attracted over 27k reactions and 13,670 shares and over 4600 comments

MoM’s were recently chatting about this very thing and a lot of our members were also ashamed of some of the crazy awards children of today receive. Check out our discussion HERE.

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  • lol isn’t that hilarious! well done to her for being a decent parent and it is good that they are lucky enough to stay healthy. my family seems to catch a cold every other week and i’m over being sick! i have glen 20 in the cupboard but it is hard to stay on it sometimes!

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  • We need to be careful with so many awards at school. Some schools give them out for so many trivial things that the children just expect them and get upset if they miss out.

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  • Good on her. Hopefully parents aren’t stupid enough to send sick kids to school just to keep their 100% attendance.

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  • I’m with this mum and find attendance awards and a 100% attendance party nonsense. One should certainly wonder what the message is to those who weren’t able to attend 100%, when you award those who did !

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  • I actually really like her comments and how she viewed her son lucky to have not had a fever or chronic illness. Many children these days are not so lucky. I find her comments to be very supportive of those who are unfortunate in terms of ill health. I don’t see harm in the award either, I simply found her attitude to be very understanding.

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  • I actually don’t find it that weird. My daughter got it one year for full attendance and I was very proud of her. Yes, she was lucky not to get sick, but we are also proactive in avoiding that she gets sick, like taking extra vitamin C in winter and always getting plenty of sleep.

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  • I too think handing out awards/certificates for full attendance is a bit much, but it’s still an achievement of sorts a party seems harmless enough to me.

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