Moms Don’t Get Sick Days {$25 Visa Gift Card Giveaway}

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Being sick is the worst because, as moms, we don’t get “sick days”. We can’t just say to our children, “sorry, you are on your own today”. Instead, we have to get through the day the best we can and consider ourselves lucky if we find a few minutes of rest while our children are at school, napping or otherwise occupied.

I wanted to share a few ways that I get through my sick days which often include a full schedule of school drop-off and pickup, at least one sports practice/game or extracurricular activity for the kids, and a day of working online. Not to mention the things that must get done including helping the kids get ready for school, feeding them dinner, etc.

The first thing I do on sick days is decide what my absolute “must do” things are and what things I can skip for the day. The laundry can sit in the hamper another day and I normally will push off any nonessential work on the blog as well. I also try and figure out what things I can do to make my required tasks easier. For example, feeding my children dinner falls under the “must do” category but I can make it easier on myself by calling it a “breakfast for dinner” night or getting takeout so I don’t have to cook something.

Next you’ll want to come up with a few ideas to keep your kids busy throughout the day. When I was a preschool teacher I always had a box full of things that only came out on rainy days or days we were stuck inside. This box saved my sanity on those days. Even though the children had seen the toys and activities previously, being put away for a while before being brought back out made the items in the box seem new and exciting and kept their attention for longer than toys that they had been playing with recently. Other ideas include having a special movie marathon day with your kids or enacting a “quiet time” where children don’t have to nap but they have to rest in their beds and read/look at books for a certain period of time.

Once you have your day figured out and your kids are occupied it’s time to gather your essentials and relax. I always make sure to have extra blankets on hand because I always seem to get cold when I’m sick. I also make sure to have everything in reach I’ll need like tissues, something to drink, and a snack to eat.

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How do you get through a sick day? I’d love for you to share your tips in the comments!


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  1. I get through a sick day by taking medicine and drinking a lot of juice and water.

  2. taking medicine and getting some rest

  3. Ellie Wright says

    I get through a sick day with help from my husband taking care of our grandkids and dogs. While I camp out in bed with a favorite book or TV show and some good meds.

  4. I ride the couch all day and binge watch netflix.

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  7. Stephanie Phelps says

    I get through a sick day with Advil, ginger ale and lots of sleep!

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  9. Julie Lundstrom says

    I like to cuddle up with a humidifier, kleenex, meds and tv.

  10. I get through a sick day with medicine, drinking lots of fluids, and lots of rest.

  11. Soha Molina says

    I get through it by drinking lot’s of tea.

  12. We get through a sick day with plenty of hot liquids, advil, vapo rub and a hot bath.

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  14. I take cold medicine and try to get as much rest as I can

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  16. I get through a sick day with medication, tissues, staying hydrated and not overdoing things.

  17. I am in a fog all day. I go home and drink hot tea with honey and go to bed early.

  18. I get through a sick day by taking over the counter cold medicine and drinking lots of tea and water.
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  19. Steve Weber says

    I take lots of vitamins and medicine, followed by some good rest.

  20. I get through a sick day by drinking a lot of tea and watching a lot of old movies.

  21. Stephanie Grant says

    I get through sick days with lots of comfort foods, water, meds and good tv (mainly cartoons)! Thanks so much for the chance to win.

  22. I try to get thru a sick day by taking a nap and some cold medicine.

  23. Stephanie Grant says
  24. I get through sick days with medicine, drinking lots of fluids/soup, and rest.

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  26. I wear my most comfy clothes bordering on pj’s, and for going out, scrunch down a hat over my hair, no fussing. Indulge in buying a magazine I never would otherwise, and enjoy lots of tea and juice. Don’t do anything I don’t have to, just take it easy, and try not to think about the days and days of making up for things that didn’t get done!

  27. I take medicine and drink hot tea.

  28. I drink hot tea with honey and lemon to ease symptoms, then go to bed and rest.

  29. Darlene Owen says

    How I get through a sick day is I drink plenty of fluids and I take Zinc, Echinacea and Vit. C.

  30. Dana Rodriguez says

    I get through a sick day by taking Advil and getting rest.

  31. Dana Rodriguez says
  32. I get through sick days with cold medicine and “movie days” for the kids.

  33. I get through a sick day by resting under blankets, drinking plenty of fluid and taking pain medication.

  34. Margaret S Porter says

    I hardly ever take a sick day but if I do I take a bunch of cold meds and sleep

  35. Margaret S Porter says
  36. stay in bed and watch netflix..and drink lots of fluids

  37. I try to rest, or at least do less, and drink what I can.

  38. I get through sick days by getting rest, drinking hot tea, juice and water, and by taking meds!

  39. elizabeth miller says

    I get through a sick day with soup, motrin, hot chocolate, and a good comfy set of pjs if I can stay home.

  40. Wendy Pesce says

    From someone who has been sick 4 times this winter season, I did my best to get some rest when the kids were at school, lots of water and tea, and took meds when i needed too

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  42. Amy Stonger says

    To get through my sick days, I always rely on cough syrup and hopefully a little understanding from my three children.

  43. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says

    I get through it by hydrating all day long and taking ibuprofen and other meds that may help.

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  45. I get through a sick day by resting and taking a lot of vitamin c!

  46. Chicken soup, rest, mucinex and epsom salt bath to relax aches and pains

  47. I get through a sick day by sleeping alot and taking meds.

  48. I load up on fluids- water and tea. I also try to get ready and tell myself I am not that sick. It’s a mental thing!

  49. Elizabeth pergande says

    I make it through the day – taking meds and drinking tea.

  50. Andrea Williams says

    I take some medicine, drink fluids, eat warm soup and get as much rest as possible.

  51. Orange juice and chicken noodle soup!

  52. I do what you mentioned-I figure out what is a must-do and don’t worry about the rest. I take lots of emergen-c too.

  53. Nicole Martin says

    I get through a sick day by drinking lots of water and taking extra vitamins.

  54. If I feel like I’m getting sick I will take emergen-c and cold medicine at night and try to sleep it off.

  55. Hot tea and meds

  56. I definitely need a decongestant when things are really bad, but I haven’t been sick for a pretty good while now–fingers crossed!

  57. I get through a sick day by taking medicine, drinking ginger tea, and taking a nap :)

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  59. Kelly Skibbe says

    I get through a sick day with my husband and my co-workers help. It can be really hard!

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  61. Thomas Murphy says

    I take a nap to get through a sick day.

  62. Thomas Murphy says
  63. I’m not the one who likes to run to cold medicine when I get sick. And of course I am the last to get sick after my two babies. So me getting through a sick day. I drink tons of tea (different varieties) and as soon as the kids go down for a nap I’m out cold right with them, to catch up on my rest!

  64. I try to sleep through sick days. They are the worst!

  65. Lots of H2O, sleep and TV!

  66. Jessica Mcfarlin says

    Lots of blankets, netflix , cough drops , and cold medicine.

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