All my plans for this week have been stymied by that pesky cold virus. Not only are both my kids sick, but I am sick too. It is never a fair fight when mama is sick. The only thing I can do is just focus on survival. The girls missed two days of school to stay home and rest and to stop the free flow of snot. If you’re a parent that doesn’t even phase you. If you are a non-parent just know that is not the worst thing you will encounter as a parent. Snot happens. Gone are the days I can lie in bed with the covers up to my chin while the evil virus takes its course. I now have two kids, although sick, to entertain.
7 Ways To Entertain A Sick Kid (or Two) While you are sick
Make a comfy nest in your own bed. If you have a TV in your room put on a channel they will sit for, or pop in a DVD they love. Snuggle in tight with all their favorite blankets and stuffies. Put an arm around each kid and hold tight. (This way as sleep takes hold of you no one can escape).
Watch a Movie and Eat Popcorn. Yes, even in your bed. Trust me kids love popcorn and they will pick up anything they drop like hand fed pigeons in the park. (If not that’s what dust busters are for).
Books on CD. If TV is not your thing load up the CD player, or MP3 with digital editions of your child’s favorite audio books. Snuggle with them on the couch and let the voice in the box do all the work for you.
Use a lap tray to hold coloring books, puzzles, and treats. Sick kids usually won’t mind staying put on the couch or in a bed if they are occupied and someone is there to interact with them. A lap tray filled with items just for them will make them feel comforted.
Tea time. Tea is a great go-to for hydration and kids like to drink what the grown ups drink. My kids love tea served in a mug because that’s how they see mama drink her tea. Serve a favorite snack along with tea and drink together.
Board games. Playing card games like Uno, Go-Fish, or Memory are easy to play (and store nicely in that lap tray). It helps to pass the time. The last thing you want to hear on top of the sick day demands is, “I’m bored.”
Make a craft. If your kids are too antsy to stay in bed, or lie down on the couch make a craft with them. Even if its cutting pictures from an old magazine and gluing onto a page. Just keep it simple. Save the finger paints for another day.
The most important thing to remember is to keep your expectations for the day low. Like super low. Don’t expect to finish the dishes, or the laundry. Don’t expect to have a full meal prepared (my kids ate an apple and Tostitos for lunch because that’s all they could reach). Just go with bare minimums.
If you are well enough, it might be tempting to use the day to catch up on chores and items on that to-do list, but it’s also a great way to catch up on sleep after taking care of sick kids; and so you can get better too. You can use this time home with them to bond. Unless your kid has a catchy stomach bug, then all bets are off and you should wrap yourself in plastic and yell to them from the other room.
How do you keep your kids comfortable on sick days?
The Whatever Mom is a full time wife and twin mama living on coffee and wine. She enjoys the pure rush of cleaning the potty between loads of laundry. It is her dream that moms everywhere accept and embrace the Whatever Mom philosophy which can be found here.