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
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
Build a Fort
Call for back up!
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
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
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
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
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