What do you do when you need to take care of the kids, but you are sick?
Hey there! You’re listening to the Mighty Mommy with some quick and dirty tips for practical parenting.
This is the season of illness. Moms at playgroups are carrying tissues and using that phrase I don’t want to hear: There’s something going around. That something could be anything and this season could be any time of year. Kids get sick and their germs follow them around and leave little germ-friends behind to infect the rest of us. I’m not complaining. I’m simply stating a fact. I know that when my kids aren’t feeling well, I can take care of them. When my husband gets sick, I can do my best to help him out as well. We all know that moms never get sick, right? Wouldn’t that be nice? If that were true, I wouldn’t have that stack of tissue boxes and a running vaporizer next to my side of the bed right now. Yes, even the Mighty Mommy gets sick. Now that my daughter is going to school, we actually have more instances of illness at home. Before I go on, I want to clarify that while it may seem that I’m specifically referring to moms in this episode, the following tips are aimed at any primary caregiver, even more so if you are a stay-at-home or full-time caregiver.
What do you do when you need to take care of the kids, but you are sick? I’m not talking about the in-the-hospital type sick. I’m referring to the common cold, flu, or any other malady that makes you feel like you really need a day or more off. How can mom take a sick day when she has children waiting for breakfast or to be taken to school?
The first thing you should do may be the obvious, yet many moms don’t do this. Call for help. It seems like it’s difficult for many moms to just admit defeat and let someone else take over. I speak from experience. If you don’t believe me, check out my previous episode, Brushing Teeth. I recorded it while struggling with laryngitis. Sure, I could have had someone else record it for me, but I’m the mom! I plan to re-record that one some time in the future. If that happens to me again, I’ll need to listen to this episode to remind me that it’s OK to ask for help. I don’t know why we are like that. We just are. So, if there is someone you can ask for help, ask them. Find out if Dad can take a few hours off or the entire day. Call grandmas, aunts, uncles, and friends whose kids you watched last time they had an emergency. Don’t tell me that it’s not an emergency. You are sick and you aren’t thinking straight. Think of it this way: if you can get help, you can rest. If you rest, you’ll feel better sooner. The sooner you feel better, the sooner you can get back to doing what you do best: being a mom. Don’t forget to keep track of the people who have helped you. If you are deliriously sick, have your helper bring you a notepad and a pen so you can write yourself a note to remind you to thank everyone when you feel better. Hey, I have to write everything down if I’m taking cold medicine or I’m likely to forget what day it is, let alone who came to visit or help.