Friday, February 22

Advice Forum: Parenting with the Flu

We're still sick here. Well, no, actually I am the only one who is still sick. Sigh. The big guy is back to work and the little girl is itching to run and jump and bounce. All I want is to curl up in bed with a warm cup of tea and nap all day.

I did get about 45 minutes of peace (following 30-some minutes of yelling at her to leave me alone and go watch TV) this afternoon. But it just wasn't enough.

Anybody have some great ideas for actually getting rest during the day while you're sick but the rest of the household is starting to think you're no fun anymore?

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  1. I am sorry your sick. Its no fun trying to run a household when your under the weather. I used to think my sister was so cruel when she told me she would rather her children be sick than for her to be. Now, as a mother, I understand what she was saying.

  2. We just went through this at my house except I had pneumonia. Unfortunately, I relied waaaaay too much on the tv. We did lots of reading books in bed, too. Luckily, I had friends drop off dinner for a few nights and that helped tremendously. Few things are worse than parenting while sick. Hope you feel better soon.

  3. Oooh, big hugs. Does she like books? Sometimes my kids will lay on the floor or bed with me while I read to them, or they read to me.

  4. Bless your heart, I hope you're better by now! Like "domestic accident," I rely on TV quite a bit when I'm sick. I put on a movie in my room and let the girls watch while I rest.

    My youngest is the worst, though, because she gets bored and restless. I also keep small activity boxes in my bedroom for her. One box has a reasonable amount of Legos, another has Little People, etc. Those will keep her busy for 20-30 minutes at a time. I also keep 2 different Doodle Pads in my room to keep her occupied.

    Good luck!

  5. No advice, really. Just some sympathy. We've all been sick and it just keeps morphing and making fresh rounds. Most days the way I cope is to just get up and shower and do all the stuff I normally do anyway. Nothing makes me more upset then needing rest and being unable to get it. I know I'm not going to get the rest, anyway, so I just pretend I don't need it. No, it doesn't work, but at least I'm not frustrated by the fact that I didn't get any extra rest.


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