When you are sick in bed rest & your child is bored – What do you do?


When you are sick in bed rest & your child is bored - What do you do?


Over the Christmas holiday, I had the flu. Two in fact. One before and one after. Back to back. It was tough going. I was totally exhausted. Feeling cold to my bones and sweaty after I woken up after a nap. I was a ghost.

Plus, I was feeling like the worse mum there is. My kids watched TV almost all day and then some pad time. They ate Coco Pops for breakfast and lunch. My O.H. cooked them up some English Breakfast after his hard day at work. I felt like I had the man flu. It was dreadful.

So here I asked my follow bloggers for some advise, should I catch the evil contagious flu again, I would be more prepared – hopefully.

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Here’s what they have to say…


Give them screens

When you are sick in bed rest & your child is bored - What do you do?


Terry-Ann: iPad or phone. To watch anything. For as long as they like. But I am a very lazy parent.” www.notaneffingfairytale.com

Candace: When they were little there would be many times with me this having a chronic illnesses. Used to lie on sofa, snuggle down together and watch a film.” https://usthreebythesea.co.uk

Jess: Films, snacks and a pyjama day! We have duplo, lego, puzzles and those kind of toys to play with and just set up a cosy spot in the living room with our duvets and pillows. Forget about the mess and just worry about getting better. xx” www.tantrumstosmiles.co.uk

Sarah: Lots of movies, and letting them help more, my older two are 7 and 6 and really enjoy doing bits for me when I need something.” www.mummycatnotes.com

Pete: We do an online supermarket shop. We can buy loads of rubbish food and a couple of DVD’s. The only issue is answering the door the next day!” www.householdmoneysaving.com

Louise: Films films films! And lots of stories, colouring etc they can do in bed with you. Better still, her someone to take them away!” https://pinkpearbear.com

Naomi: iPad and snacks  www.tripswithatot.com

Victoria: A PJ day, snuggled up together in bed or on the couch watching favourite films.” www.starlightandstories.com

Build a Fort

When you are sick in bed rest & your child is bored - What do you do?


Jenna: We build a fort with the bed and bedding. Lots of yummy snacks and the iPad – she can enjoy being in her tent whilst I lay with tissues up my nose.” www.thentherewerethree.uk

Christy: Pull out the iPad, make a little blanket and pillow fort on the bed for them to snuggle under and watch!” www.welshmum.co.uk

Carol: Pull out the sofa bed, grab bedding, do a quick packed lunch, tv on and books!” https://virtuallyallsorts.com

Call for back up!

When you are sick in bed rest & your child is bored - What do you do?


Éva: We’ve got my husband’s mum living nearby and we can always count on her luckily. But if this wasn’t the case, I would call up one of my girl gang members to take the kids for the day. My mama tribe is the best! It’s so good to count on them because I have no family near.” www.captainbobcat.com

Vikki: Ask for help where you can, it’s jolly hard work being unwell with young ones around. iPads/ tablets are a god send, as are films and easy snacks.” www.familytravelwithellie.com

Nadia: Luckily it hasn’t happened much but as we don’t have family nearby it can be a real problem. I have a special box filled with toys and fun things that can be brought out in these case of emergencies. So far that’s worked well as the novelty keeps my toddler entertained.” www.scandimummy.com

Frances: Put the telly on or send them to Nanny and Grandad’s if possible!” www.whingewhingewine.co.uk

Suzie: I have to call for back up!!!! I have two children who have Autism and getting any rest isn’t possible. Nor would they lie and watch a film which is unfortunate! If my parents can help they will, otherwise I’d have to beg my partner to work from home!! On bended knee……sobbing!!” www.mothergetslippy.com

Nita: I’m lucky I have my parents close by, so they can help. Otherwise we snuggle on the couch watching our favourite movies and playing doctors and nurses, cooking and looking after mummy.” http://mummywishes.com

Play Lego

When you are sick in bed rest & your child is bored - What do you do?


Lego on the bed is always a good shout too it keeps them amused for hours! Or snuggly films in bed.” www.whatmummythinks.co.uk

Michelle: Up until recently I suffered from Menieres Disease which meant days of vertigo and debilitation. If my hubby was home he would take my son out for a bike ride together, if not a dvd and lots of Lego worked wonders!” www.timeandpence.com


A Thrifty Massage

Hollie: Get them to drive cars on my back for a thrifty massage “ www.thriftymum.com


Have a Gift Box Ready

When you are sick in bed rest & your child is bored - What do you do?


Veronica: I distract my daughter with news toys from gift box. Her gift box is where I keep all the toys she received in different occasions. I only let her open one toy so she can appreciate and play with it longer.” http://myparentingjourney.com

Laura: A bath with lots of toys is always good. Setting out lots of forgotten toys and activities they can safely do unaided, failing those playing on a tablet and watching films together.” www.wafflemama.uk



So there you have it. So I wasn’t far off – I’m not that bad of a parent after all. Though I think with these tips equipped for my next sickness will be very useful. Now, please will you excuse me while I go and make a purchase of that “Map on the Back” t-shirt. I can use a bit of back massage from time to time. 😉


Thank you again to all my fellow bloggers for your inputs, and I hope this will help you as well. Do you have any tips you’d like to add to this list? Do let us know in the comment below. x


Su x


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Su {Ethan & Evelyn}

Su blogs at Ethan & Evelyn. Ethan (7) & Evelyn (4) are her children. Her blog was originally an online diary but quickly transformed. She blogs about their life adventures of her experiences of motherhood, lifestyle, food, crafts, and travel. Her blog was awarded the Coupon Machine Travel Blog Top100 (#37) in 2016. The #MadBlogAwards 2016 Nominated for Best Craft Blog, Best Family Travel Blog, and Best Preschool Blog. She is a now a Freelance Writer, a Photographer, Co-creator of #ExplorerKids IG community. Host of #FabFridayPost and #ExplorerKids Linkys. And a Kids Yoga Teacher too! Connect with her on Twitter & Instagram @ethannevelyn

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  1. 05/01/2018 / 8:47 pm

    Love all the ideas! I’m sure this post gives lots of tips to parents who don’t know what to do in this case.

  2. 05/01/2018 / 9:14 pm

    Great tips and love the gift box concept. So sorry you had flu. It is awful and quite rare really so you have been very unlucky. #FabFridayPost

    • 07/01/2018 / 7:50 pm

      I really was rather unlucky. Glad you find the article helpful. x

  3. 06/01/2018 / 12:41 am

    So many fabulous ideas! My girls are a little older, so they will actually help me out – but they would love a day to just watch tv or play on screens. And frankly, if I’m sick, they can do whatever they want if it means they’ll leave me alone! (I do love the map on the back of a shirt – toy car massages sound great!)

    • 07/01/2018 / 7:53 pm

      That’s exactly what I feel. I just want them to leave me alone! lol! I’d love that “map on the back” t-shirt too. It should soo good! lol! x

  4. 06/01/2018 / 1:26 pm

    What would we do without technology?! So interesting reading this and thinking back to my childhood, where I only had a few toys, and spent many an hour looking out the window making adventure stories from the cloud shapes!!! A very interesting read!

    • 07/01/2018 / 7:56 pm

      I know! There’s goes the age of the non-digital age. I was the same, but my kids just begged me for the pads repeatedly – I was like – whatever – just leave me alone! lol! x

  5. 06/01/2018 / 3:11 pm

    Great list of ideas! Even when we aren’t sick, we can use these. I love the gift box idea. Hope you managed to get better!! #fabfridaypost

    • 07/01/2018 / 7:57 pm

      Thank you Sumra. I’m feeling a little better now. I agree with you on that. I’m glad you find the article helpful. x

  6. 06/01/2018 / 3:17 pm

    I love your ideas especially building a fort. That would be so fun!


    • 07/01/2018 / 8:00 pm

      It sound like fun doesn’t it. I’m glad you’ve found it helpful. x

  7. Lauren Carre
    07/01/2018 / 9:27 am

    Really interesting article. Food for thought.

  8. 07/01/2018 / 2:12 pm

    A little screen time won’t hurt them and if it can help to keep them clear of the germs, all the better! All of those other ideas, fab! We have this now, but two weeks ago, this would have been prime! THANK YOU ALL. And most importantly, feel better! #fabfridaypost xox

    • 07/01/2018 / 8:27 pm

      Oh! Yes, I didn’t think about the positive side of keeping them out of my germs. lol! I hope you feel better now too. xxx

  9. 07/01/2018 / 2:47 pm

    What great ideas! I am getting to the end of my pregnancy and becoming more and more tired and kind of think utilizing these would be in my best interest too. lol Glad you are feeling better!

    • 07/01/2018 / 8:29 pm

      Oh yes! That’s a great idea. I remembered when I became very tired with my second. These could have been very useful too. I’m glad you find the article handy. 🙂 xx

  10. 08/01/2018 / 2:41 pm

    Oh no! Being ill around Christmas is the worst. I think more screen time would definitely be a life saver in these situations haha. Love the massage idea – now that’s something I never would have thought of!

    • 08/01/2018 / 7:49 pm

      I know. It was tough going. I love that massage idea too. It’s the Bomb!

  11. Sarah
    08/01/2018 / 2:48 pm

    Hope you are feeling much better now! I totally agree with screens and calling for help (if you can) I had flu when I was pregnant with Evie and couldn’t even make it downstairs. I couldn’t have survived had it not been for friends and family! X

    • 08/01/2018 / 7:55 pm

      Oh no! Having a flu with your pregnant is the worse! I feel your pain. It’s so handy when you have friends and family nearby. xx

  12. 08/01/2018 / 11:13 pm

    Calling for help is & always has been my best bet.
    I had a spell of illness very quickly come over me, I managed to get my dad to come out of work & look after B.. It did me the world of good & B too.
    Screentime is also exceptionally helpful when you are feeling less than fabulous.

    • 12/01/2018 / 1:39 am

      You are so lucky to have family nearby to give you a helping hand. What a Dad! Well done! xx

  13. 08/01/2018 / 11:16 pm

    Uggghhh. It must have been horrible for you. Bet your sooooo glad that’s all over with. I’m very impressed you’ve managed to keep up with blogging. I hope you don’t have to use any of these suggestions for a long time. May your 2018 be full of health. #FabFridayPost

    • 12/01/2018 / 1:45 am

      It really was horrendous! & Yep, I’m so glad its all over well except for my sore throat and a cough here and there then its all fine. Nope, I didn’t do any work during that time. I didn’t touch my laptop for almost two weeks! I was going insane! lol! xx

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