When a Stay at Home Mom Gets Sick
It’s inevitable: if you’re a mom with little kiddos, you’re bound to get sick, especially during cold and flu season. If you are a stay at home mom, chances are you have very few people who you can ask to watch the kiddos when you’re sick or to take care of your home as you recover. Stay at home moms don’t get sick days, so what happens when a stay at home mom gets sick?
I know what it’s like to be sick and to still have to manage a household and take care of the kids. Since I’m basically the designated babysitter for everyone else, I have very few options for help since my family and friends work. My husband tries to help when he can, but he can only take off so many days every year and doesn’t come home every day until the evening.
Here’s what I do and you can too:
- Be prepared. Most of the time, it’s a cold or fever that can wipe me out during cold and flu season. It’s hard to want to get out of bed when you feel crummy, let alone function with little kids in the house. I try to stay prepared with helpful medicines, tea, and honey, among other items that help me to feel better. I also have a plan for the kiddos. Since I wouldn’t be able to chase them around all day, I play movies that they haven’t seen in a while or have activities ready that will keep them engaged and not crazy all day so that I can take it easy and recover. Cuddling together while watching a movie definitely helps with the recovery!
- Have a plan. There are times when you absolutely will not be able to care for your kids or your home (think: wicked stomach virus, high fever and chills, etc), so you need a plan. Who is available to help in a pinch? Is there a family member, friend, or neighbor who can help you for one day? Can your significant other take off at least one day of work to help with the kids? Plan this out in advance so you don’t struggle to find help when you really need it.
- Forget the chores. While it may be your job to maintain the house, there are some days where you need to forget it all. The laundry and the dishes will still be there when you’re feeling better. Order some pizza or get takeout for dinner instead of making it, just for once. Get as much rest as you can!
I wish there was more too it, like a stay-at-home-mom fairy godmother who can whisk all your worries away, but I promise, you’ll survive. You may feel crummy and nothing will get done that day (or heaven forbid a few days), but remember: your health is very important. Rest is essential, and even though you may not get much of it, try to get it when you can.
Get well soon!
Also read: Tip for Staying Hydrated when Sick