Thursday, October 30, 2014

Surviving sick days with a toddler

Whether you are a SAHM, a working mom or somewhere in between, one of the unfortunate things we all have in common at one time or another is sick kids. 

There's nothing more heartbreaking for a mama than to see her typically energetic, full-of-life, crazy kids without smiles on their faces. Most of the time, colds and flu just require time to get over. So what are some tips for surviving those sick days with your toddler?

1. Take the day off
Most moms are professional multitaskers. Can I get an Amen? We clean the house, make dinner, correspond with friends, work on projects around the house, plan parties and more...all while keeping little humans alive. But on sick days, it's ok to put all those other tasks aside and just focus on your child. 

2.  Cuddle
Cherish these moments because they won't last forever. When toddlers are sick, they usually just want to lay down and be with their mamas. So just soak up the cuddles while you can and know that being in your arms, makes your toddler feel better. 

3. Read
Since your toddler probably doesn't have much energy to be running around, this is a great opportunity to read books to them. Have a book reading marathon! This is your chance to move past that same darn book they want to read every single day and find some new favorites. You know what I'm talking about!

4. Watch Movies
My friends know I'm a stickler when it comes to TV and movies for my toddler. It's not that I don't like them or even think that they are harmful, I just know there are so many other better things that she can spend her time doing. But when it comes to her not feeling well, the TV rules don't apply. If the only thing that takes her mind off an achy belly is Curious George then that's what we spend the day doing!

5. Pray for your toddler
As much as I would like to be able to make my little girl feel all better on her sick days, I can't. But I know my Father in heaven can. I want my daughter to understand from a young age what it means to pray and talk to God about everything. So when she's not feeling well, I pray with her that God will help her to feel better. Even if healing may not be God's will, I know that it's a comforting reminder to me that God is still in control, even on the sick days. 

How do you survive those dreaded sick days with your children?  Check out the other mama's blogs for their tips.  And be sure to link up with us below if you also have a post on this topic. 
In the difficulty of motherhood, it's so important to find other mamas to relate to.  Toddlers can be a handful and leave you wondering what to do next.  This series is here to help you navigate through toddlerhood while being able to relate to other mamas going through the same thing.  We may not always know what we are doing but we give it our best shot anyway.  Come back each week to check out our new topic and read along with the other hosts of our One Year and Beyond series!
Oct 2:     Toddler Diaper Bag Essentials 
Oct 9:     Learning to love your post-pregnancy body
Oct 16:   Busy Toddler Activities
Oct 23:   Keeping in Shape While Caring for a Toddler
Oct 30:   Sick Day Tips
Nov 6:    How to Not Lose Your Patience with your Toddler
Nov 13:  Favorite Toddler Outings
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