My middle kid to be exact. (Although my husband and my mother might suggest that he takes after me. I can't help it if I earned my medical degree from Google University.)
In the past 7 days, Charlie has had:
- A "tweaked" ankle
- A bruised "bone that sticks out under your shoulder"
- A bleeding mole
- A sore throat
- Deafness in his right ear
Yet, I am not totally without mercy. I don't want to dismiss every complaint as a figment of his imagination. I have, on occasion, been wrong when I've alleged that he is just fine.
After a few days of complaining about the tweaked ankle, I did buy him an ankle support to wear during practice and games.
His comment after the first game? "This ankle brace hurts my foot."
Then, there are the situational afflictions -- namely nausea and headache that seemed to perfectly coincide with a class for which he had not done the homework.
Honestly, if I had a quarter for every time he complained about an ache, a pain, a twinge or a tweak, I could probably single-handedly fund national healthcare.
Am I alone in this? Do any of your kids do this? What would your take on it be? Attention-seeking? Boredom? Overactive imagination? Or maybe he's been secretly attending Google University too?