If sitting at home with a sick kid during the holidays isn't your idea of fun, think about life for the poor child. 'Tis the season of plays at school and parties in town, and they're stuck on the couch with the cold or the flu?
You could pull out the humidifier and do all the "right" things. Yawn ... or you could be the coolest Mom ever and really make them feel better while they're fighting off the germs.
Which do you think will get you the coolest handmade present this holiday? Yeah, that's what we thought too:
Arrange their food in a smile. If they're having a hard time keeping food down, or the doctor has recommended they stick to bland eats, the least you can do is liven things up a bit. Arrange those dry Cheerios into a smiley face, and throw a paper parasol in that flat ginger ale.
Let them watch their favorite TV shows. Proving mind over matter can make all the difference in their recovery, distracting your kids from their coughing fits with their favorite TV shows can make the sick time fly by. Besides, what's better when your belly aches than some belly laughs?
Pull out the craft table. They're taking an inordinate amount of baths trying to bring down that temperature, so why not let them get good and messy? Pull out the puffy paints and let them decorate a "I Survived 3 Days at Home" t-shirt, or let them make "presents" for their best buddies for the holidays with pipe cleaners and stickers.
Pitch a tent in the living room/den and camp out. You're going to be up all night with them anyway, you might as well give it the illusion of fun.
Read to them. It doesn't matter that they're old enough to do it themselves. They're adding "read to me" capabilities to today's e-book readers because people love to be read to. And that goes double for kids whose eyes are filled with mucusy goo because they're sick. Whether it's Captain Underpants or Ladybug Girl, just suck it up and do it.
Let them sleep with the dog. They can't get any more germy than when they're sick. So unless they've got a dander issue that will disrupt their breathing, give them the ultimate cuddly friend for bedtime. Repeat this mantra: I will have to change the sheets anyway.
Write on their back. A back rub always feels good, but when they're feeling punky, it can be too much. Instead, let them lie on their belly and "write" letters on their back with your pointer finger, letting them guess what you've written. First on the list? "I Love You."
How do you play supermom when the kids are sick?
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