So I'm sick. My wife is sick. Some of our kids are sick as well. It's not easy taking care of kids when you're sick, nevermind taking care of sick kids while both parents are ill.

The easy thing to do, of course, to plop everyone in front of a movie, but you can't do that all day, and you still have to worry about medicine schedules, food, hydration, etc.

What are some simple techniques, ideas, etc that don't require a lot of effort on my part, but pay off well in terms of keeping the kids distracted from their discomfort, track important pieces of information (ie, who had what pain medicine and when), and meet their other needs?

asked 24 Nov '09, 18:58

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Sorry to hear you are unwell - it's a whole new board game when you are a parent! What age are your kids?

(24 Nov '09, 19:57) Mungo

9, 8, 5, 4, 9mo. They go to two different schools, so we get everything.

(08 Dec '09, 20:04) Adam Davis

A few options:

  • Watch TV. Yeah, I know you mentioned it - but I wanted to say not to feel bad about it. We've all done it, and everyone being sick is a darned sight better excuse than I could normally come up with.
  • Make "get well soon" cards for each other - my kids love making cards, and if you don't mind a bit of mess, it can keep them occupied for a while (depending on age).
  • Make "I've taken my medicine" sticker charts - sticker charts are always popular, and it might help to keep track of things as well.

answered 24 Nov '09, 23:13

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When I was young we weren't allowed to have soda very often, but one exception was that whenever we got sick we got a whole two-liter of 7-Up to ourselves. Feels good on the throat, helps keep you hydrated, and the special treat distracts from the discomfort.


answered 25 Nov '09, 19:08

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+1 for reminding me, we were given a drink called Lucozade when we were ill. A fizzy pick me up drink!

(26 Nov '09, 05:40) Emi

Could your parents or inlaws step in and take over for a few hours a day? until you feel stronger.

Lots of soups, watching movies huddled under blankets, and being a kid for a couple of hours at a time while grand-parents can assume their combined roles of parents and grandparents.

(I only suggest this if there are no health risks for your parents/inlaws and if they are well enough to look after you)

I hope that you all feel better soon!


answered 25 Nov '09, 10:05

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+1 for parents. Earlier this year our daughter came down with what was probably h1n1, or anyway a really bad flu, and we got it about 3 days later, simultaneously. Without my mom and sister to help, I don't know what we would have done. We were so completely out of it. Unfortunately this means exposing them to the illness to, and my sister did get sick (sorry!!!). But it was a lifesaver.

(25 Nov '09, 12:24) Scott ♦♦
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