Finding Sanity with Sick Kids at Home
It has been quite the sick season over here and with two kiddos under the age of 3, it can be hard to stay at home all day entertaining the kiddos. I think the last two months, my children have had strep throat, croup, and the stomach flu... we have experienced it all! I’ve been lucky to only catch a few of these. But when I am healthy and at home with sick kids, I have to think of creative ways to keep them entertained, learning, and wear them out enough to give myself a little break!
Here are my quick tips for days stuck inside with sick kids:
1. Reading: Cuddle up under a big cozy blanket and read a pile of books! Your kiddo will enjoy the sick time cuddles and their brain will be firing at the same time. I can’t resist a good cuddle from my kiddos, so this is my favorite!
2. Playing Pretend: Get their imagination going with games such as doctor and patient. Not only will you get them using their creative juices, but you might find out more about how they are feeling and what is bothering them!
3. Hide & Seek: Playing hide and seek is a great way to get your kiddos moving, exploring, and to take their mind off their aches and pains. It can also get them running about and laughing, wearing them out for a good and much needed nap.
4. TV Time: Your kiddos are sick and you have been working around the clock to take care of them. Whether it is cleaning up puke or just comforting an agitated cough, it is exhausting for everyone. So give yourself a break! It is ok to put on a show to give yourself a chance to get a bite to eat and hydrate. Remember, it is important to take care of yourself too and make sure you are healthy so you can take care of everyone else!
The next time your kiddos are sick, take to this list and don’t forget - take a moment to take care of you too! Throughout the day, be sure to take plenty of deep breaths, drink lots of water, and do lots of hand washing. Keeping your stress levels down, staying hydrated, and keeping those germs away will help you from falling victim to the germs filtering around your house and spreading to everyone else! And, most importantly, reach out to your mom community for support. That is what they are there for!! Stay strong, mama, you got this!
By Alexa Hasman, Owner & Instructor of Baby Boot Camp Portland (NW & SW), Sherwood & Tualatin, OR