Remember trying to convince your parents you were too sick for school just to get a day off? Even as an adult pulling “a sickie” at work can be tempting and the genuine ones are often spent cozied up in bed some much-needed rest .
Unfortunately stay-at-home (or work-from-home) moms don’t have the same luxuries mouths still need to be fed, taken to school on time and hiring a sitter can be expensive. If only there was a magic button to make time stand still while you recover!
We can’t all be a “Supermom” but these tips might help you survive the days when you aren’t quite feeling yourself and calling in sick just isn’t an option,
Be prepared for the worst
The best way to fight a virus is prevention so keep your brood up-to-date with their flu shots and make sure they get plenty of Vitamin C during the winter months to ward off any seasonal bugs. Storing emergency remedies in your first aid box can also pre-empt any painful trips to the pharmacy when you’re poorly.
When your prevention methods have failed and you’ve been struck down, be sure to always stock up on easily prepared meals and snacks just in case. There’s nothing worse than having to cook a full family dinner while fighting a fever and a sore head!
Create a “sick day” activity box to keep the kids occupied while you rest, full of fun activities that won’t need too much supervision. Keep away from anything messy or potentially noisy loud noises and headaches do not mix well!
Quiet activities such as reading to your little ones while in bed or watching a movie will also allow you to rest your body without leaving them alone for too long. Don’t feel guilty about leaving them in front of the TV the most important thing is they’re safe indoors while you get better.
Don’t be ashamed to ask for help
Getting a family member or friend to take over can often be the best medicine. There’s nothing worse than being ill and feeling helpless while dishes, laundry and mess piles up all around you. What you really need is rest, or you’ll only end up taking longer to get back up on your feet. Don’t feel guilty about asking for a favour you are allowed to put yourself first once in a while!
How do you manage your sick days? Do you have any tricks or tips for keeping the kids occupied?
Ms. Jensen is a leading advocate for families and children and was the founder and president of ACES, The Association for Children for Enforcement of Support.
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