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Sometimes the Rules Go Out the Window

Uploaded: Jan 24, 2015

Taking care of kids is hard. Taking care of kids when you are under the weather is definitely harder.

You've probably seen the DayQuil and NyQuil commercial about moms and dads not taking sick days but instead taking medicine to power through their colds.

Yes, medicine can be great for helping us parents conquer our colds. But, it may not be enough, especially if you are pregnant or breastfeeding and have much more limited options of what medications you can take.

So, what do you do when you are sick? I feel extremely lucky to have support when I feel under the weather. I have close friends I could call to drop off a meal or even watch the kids for a couple of hours. A husband who could come home from work early or pick up a few things from the grocery store on his way home. And a toddler who understands when his mom is not at 100%.

Sometimes it's best for everyone if parents do take sick days. They probably can't stay in bed all day resting and watching TV. But they can spend the day throwing the rules out the window and focusing on resting and recovering. Let's watch movies instead of running around at the park, color instead of clean, read a whole pile of books, and eat snack food throughout the day instead of cooking or baking. And try our hardest not to pass the cold on to anyone else in the family.

How do/did you handle being sick with kids at home? Do you power through? Call in others for support? Let the rules fly out the window?