Taking a mommy sick day is no joke and should not be treated as such. When we moms get sick it means we need downtime, we need to be taken care of, and no we can’t continue like life is normal. We must demand sick time at home! Okay, maybe it’s not that serious but sometimes it feels like we are expected to JUST.KEEP.GOING when we are sick and we are NOT pink energizer bunnies.
Being sick as a mom is one thing but being sick as a mom, mid week, running low on groceries and kids snacks, with the house already a mess, is a whole different ballgame! So I’ve compiled SEVEN Mommy Sick Day tips to help us all avoid having to get out of bed when we are sick.
Mommy Sick Day Tips:
- Create a Mommy Sick Day section in a home management binder or a Mommy Sick Day Notebook. Make sure your spouse and older children know where it is and how to use it.
- Take time to make a list of three 30 minute or less easy meals you almost always have ingredients for such as:
- Breakfast for dinner (eggs, toast, pancakes, sausage, bacon, etc.) Make a point to keep the meet for this in the freezer.
- Taco night (keep ground beef and shredded cheese in the freezer). Keep a couple of packs of taco mix on hand.
- Grilled cheese and tomato soup (keep extra tomato soup can in pantry). Serve some slice apples on the side.
- Salad for dinner with cut up chicken breast. Have hubby pick up a rotisserie chicken and a salad mix.
- Write down, prepare and freeze a few crock-pot recipes in case of a longer illness.
- If all else fails call neighbors and friends for food!
- Make a week long menu of kids lunches and snacks. Make sure everyone knows where the supplies are to make them. Write a shopping list of these items in case they run out while you are still sick.
- Make a rainy/snowy day list of activities kids can do in the house on the weekends or after school. Including: a small chore list, board games, kids reading to each other or to you, video game time, computer time, movie time, exercising, etc.
- Create a list of places your spouse can take the kids to give you quiet time including: movies, indoor swimming, bouncy house place, bowling, or arcade.
- For younger children have a few days worth of activity bins. Take a shoe box bin and put activity books, coloring books, puzzles, blocks, games, action figures, crayons, markers, crafts, etc. Make each day different and do three-five days worth. They can rotate if necessary. These are only to be brought out during sickness, or rainy/snow days.
- Make a list of nice day activities to be done outside. This could include: sports in the yard, sprinklers, park time, walking the dog, bike riding, scooters, sidewalk chalk, etc.
Make a “Mommy Sick Day” bin yourself. Stash a book or magazines you want to read inside, audio books are awesome for tired eyes. Stock up on a necessary medicines or essential oils. Make sure you get tissues with aloe. If you don’t have an essential oil diffuser and some great feel better oils, I highly recommend getting some. They are ah-mazing! Also, make sure you have a humidifier.
Lastly, know that you have prepared your family well and get some rest!
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