On Monday my daughter called from school with a stomach ache. These stomach aches are becoming a bit of a thing with her, and are usually the result of some stern words from one of her teachers. Sometimes I talk her into going back to class and sometimes I let her come home. On Monday I let her come home (she was particularly pathetic). We talked about how she needed to face her problems and accept her mistakes. I believe that, and I hope she gets better at dealing with problems. But I also think, everybody needs a mental health day once and a while. She read some books and did her homework, we went to the supermarket. It was nothing special or particularly indulgent, but it seemed to be just what she needed.