Have you ever been stuck home with sick kids? If you’re a mom, I am one hundred percent certain you have experienced this absolutely horrifying moment. The first child starts to get that sick kid look in their eyes and you feel the walls start to crash down around you. You run through every scenario in your mind on how you can quarantine said child to make sure no one else gets that sad sick look in their eyes eventually coming to the conclusion that it is completely impossible. Before you know it they have coughed, sneezed, wiped their nose, or whatever other bodily function they can possibly muster up right next to another one of your children and they start dropping like dominoes.
Welcome to sick season, where the whining is in full force, there is tissue scattered in every room of your house, and you have grown accustomed to walking around with a bottle of sanitizer everywhere you go. If you’re looking for ways to keep everything in tact and come out of sick season still feeling on a high, then this is not the place, but if you’re looking for ways to survive sick season that can give you this comical relief of, “Thank God I’m not alone!” Then welcome, and I am glad we could be friends.
Delivery is your BFF. If you happen to be one of the lucky ones to be avoiding the stomach bug, then delivery will be your best friend. There is no time to cook, prepare, shop, whatever else you have to do to actually have food sitting in front of you so just come to terms with the fact that someone else will be cooking your food for you. You’re lucky enough if you get to actually eat it. Jimmie John’s and I, we are practically on a first name basis.
Tylenol Cold is your drink of choice. Just take it. Don’t try to be super mom or anything. Just take it. You need to come out of the foggy feeling enough to take care of all the sick tiny humans in your home. You can thank me later.
Binge. Just go for it. Binge those TV shows you’ve been wanting to binge on since you had kids. This is the perfect time to do it and not feel guilty about it. And so you can binge those shows…
Break out the tablets. Whether it’s a kindle, iPad, or even your phone, give yourself permission to use them. It will keep the kids resting like they need to and at least keep the house somewhat quiet so all that sinus pressure in your head doesn’t explode anymore than it already is.
Hide. And when all else fails…you hide. Preferably in the pantry where all the leftover Halloween candy is hiding. Thank God for Halloween right before sick season said moms everywhere. That chocolate, it has your name on it.
From one mom who has been buried in sickness for a week to another…
you got this.