By Cheryl Bac
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About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons incl... (More)
About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons including Chicago and Boston. Exercise is an integral part of my life. I hope to one day go back to long distance running and tackle the New York City Marathon. Right now I run after my one year old son. Although I am a stay-at-home mom, we are rarely "at home." My mom also stayed at home with my brother and me. She warned me that, although rewarding, it can be isolating. So, with her help, I learned the importance of getting out into the community and meeting other mothers. On the rare occasion when I am at home and have a hand or two free, I squeeze in time to scrapbook. As a new mom, many challenges are thrown my way. I hope my opinions, triumphs, and struggles help experienced parents reminisce, new parents cope, and parents-to-be get an honest glimpse of what the first years of motherhood can entail. (Hide)
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Uploaded: Mar 1, 2014
A couple of years ago, I worked at a preschool. Spending a large chunk of time with little ones meant constantly blowing noses, holding hands, and washing/wiping down toys and surfaces. I found out just how challenging it is to stay healthy when interacting with kids during cold and flu season.
A few weeks ago my son battled a cold. Although my son's growing vocabulary and pointing skills helped us meet his needs and wants, it also broke our hearts when we heard him say just how uncomfortable he was. At the peak of his cold, he'd wake up saying "no no no." My husband and I gave sighs of relief when he switched back to repeating his usual "truck" and "train."
It is never easy to take care of a sick child, but I would love to hear your tips and tricks for making the experience as comfortable as possible (for both parents and children).
Our strategy has always been to focus on sleep. We do whatever we can to help our son sleep as much as possible (this time it meant holding him while watching marathon sessions of the Winter Olympics and Netflix). When my husband and I tag-team, neither of us gets too sleep deprived or burnt out. And, best of all, it seems to improve the chances that we will stay cold-free.
What is it worth to you?
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