How to Survive a Bad Cold When You’re Taking Care of Kids

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4 Tips to Occupying Kids When Mom is SickThere's nothing quite as miserable as fighting a cold or flu bug during the winter, is there? That is unless you add in a house full of kids who are stuck inside and want Mom, Mom, Mommy to actually hang out with them! You start to ask yourself which one is harder to deal with: the miserable virus in your head or your dear, darling children.

Surviving a bad cold when you are trying to take care of your kids is hard, but as I sit here in recovery mode from one of the worst bugs I've battled in a good long while, I promise you, it's not impossible:

1. Don't Try to Be Uber Mom: It's perfectly acceptable to tell your kids, "Mommy doesn't feel well right now, I can't play [insert loud annoying toy name here]." You may feel guilty putting yourself first, but look at it this way: the faster you recover, the faster you can be out there doing a dance party in the living room with them.

2. Employ Your Little Helpers: Kids love feeling needed. And there's nothing more fun than being needed by the one person who usually does it all herself. Ask them to bring you cups of water to help flush your system or to bring you a new garbage bag for all of those tissues. Bonus to this -- if they're doing something for you, they are not making a new mess that you need to clean up later.

3. Ask Them to Read to You: When the cold leaves you totally drained, the last thing you need is a toy fire engine screaming across the living room. But kids need to have fun too. Instead of "shushing" them, engage them in an activity that allows them to make noise of a less painful volume. Little readers can get good practice at reading aloud, and they'll be so proud to help you.

4. Institute Quiet Time: Need a nap but they're "too old" for it? The words quiet time don't have the same negative connotation for kids, and you just might find they'll take a snooze in their room anyway when given the chance. 

Have you had to suffer through a cold with the kids in the house recently? How'd you make it work?

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jessi... jessicasmom1

Just alot of Chocolate pudding to get down the gross medicine. oatmeal baths and creams.

nonmember avatar HS

I work full time so my "recovery" is often times at work lol. I don't like taking drowsy meds when I'm at home by myself with my son but I can totally get away with it at work! The last time I was knocked down, drug out sick was last year and I had the flu. I sent my son to stay with grandma for a couple of days. I'm a single mom and staying with his dad wasn't an option so I'm fortunate that I have her to help in situations like that.

ashie... ashiesmashie

Yeah i'm with the comment above^ the best place to recover is at work! haha -- but if you can't it's a nightmare.... i had an AWFUL flu once when my daughter was in her speed crawling phase.. it was TORTURE! But I just blocked off any exit from the living room and made it so child proofed it may as well had been a padded room, and i layed on the couch, watching her, counting down the minutes until ner next nap... thank goodness that was during a 2 nap time!

tntmo... tntmom1027

I live with this everyday, as I have chronic illnesses that wipe me out as much as a horrible flu. Just gotta keep husband is a great help and my son is wonderful(4); but most days I just have to suck it up and get done what has to be done. 

ceciliam ceciliam

I am so thankful that I literally never get sick. I can't remember the last time I had a's been years and years.

iam4you2 iam4you2

Thankfully not lately!

ethan... ethans_momma06

It's soooo not fun. Enjoyed the article!

Krist... KristinRox

Last year I had pneumonia. I was soooo sick, but I still have kids, and they still need to be taken care of. Thankfully it wasnt too hard. My kids were great and played amongst themselves. We watched movies together. I onlly had to get up to change bums, and to feed them. 

JHanc968 JHanc968

Good tips

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