The Ridiculous Ways 'Taking a Sick Day' Changes Once You Have Kids

sick momGetting sick is never fun, but it was definitely a whole lot easier to be ill before you had kids. Back then, taking a sick day meant you actually, you know, got some rest. And with any luck, by the end of the day you felt at least a little bit better. Alas, times have changed ... and now you spend your "time off" struggling to stand upright while fulfilling all your usual mom duties. It's not that your family doesn't want you to get well, of course, but let's face it: They're helpless without you!

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In your pre-mom life, staying home sick meant you got to lie in bed feeling sorry for yourself all day, binge-watching old episodes of Friends

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TBH, sometimes you weren't even all that sick -- but since you weren't worried about hoarding sick days for your children's inevitable illnesses, you could afford to play hookey every now and then.

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And when you were really sick, there was a silver lining: You could always use your illness as an excuse for all the stuff you were supposed to do but didn't.

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Maybe you even had an awesome friend who would come over to bring you cold medicine.

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Sick days were kind of the best, when you think about it. But no more! Now, no matter how unbelievably awful you feel, you have to put on a brave face for your family.

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All you want is to be left alone, but your children are incapable of giving you space. And even though they mean well, kids have really weird ways of trying to make you feel better.

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At some point you have to ask yourself, why even bother trying to relax? Every time you collapse on the couch, you end up having to pop right back up again because somebody's yelling for you.

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Worst case scenario: Your kids end up getting sick, too.

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Worst WORST case scenario: Everybody in the house comes down with a stomach bug.

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By the end of the day, you're a shell of a human being.

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FACT: Sick days with kids are the literal worst. But don't worry! Cold and flu season only lasts for a few months, right? Until then you'll just quarantine yourself (and your kids). 

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