Last week I shared 11 Flu Survival Tips that work for us. This week I’m sharing another 11…just in case!
1) Take out that special blanket or cuddly toy that makes your child feel comfort.
2) To help clear your head, and your child’s, run the shower on hot and close yourselves in the bathroom. Get a good dose of steam to help clear your airways. Tell stories to help pass the time.
3) Keep drinking fluids, even if you don’t feel like it. Remember you have to set a good example! Try non-caffeine fruit teas, honey lemon drinks, juice, or whatever works. Use a straw or a special cup to help give a novelty factor to it.
4) Think ahead and have a little surprise set aside for when you need it. You may be feeling down while your child is fine. A new toy or activity they can do on their own can buy you a little rest time. I used to be happy with my own glue stick!
5) Once you are feeling better, don’t forget to change your toothbrushes to get rid of those germs.
6) Have a few ideas planned for down days. Felt boards, magazines, books, busy books, fun workbooks, etc.
7) Have your child take on the ‘parent’ role to feel special. It will also help foster some independence in them. Be sure to compliment them with praise and cuddles.
8) Give yourself time to recover.
9) If you have the option to order your groceries over the internet and have them delivered. This is a great option to try out now, if you haven’t done so before.
10) Take offers, or ask, if you need anything.
11) Teach your children to ‘do the Dracula’ as we call it….if you can’t make it to a tissue, sneeze into your elbow so the next thing you touch doesn’t become infectious.
How do you pass the time with kids when you or they are ill?