Whenever moms get sick, it’s like the world is coming to an end. The house is a wreck, everyone gets stressed but there are ways to cope when Mom gets sick. It is up to us to take care of ourselves so that we can take care of our families. A happy and healthy mom makes for a happy family.
First and foremost is rest! Don’t worry about the dishes stacking up in the sink. Have someone grab some takeout so that you don’t have to cook. The family will survive for a couple of days so that you can rest and get better. Here are a few ways to get the family involved. It will depend on your kids’ ages as to how much responsibility they can take on.
- Have the kids ride the bus or see if they can carpool with a neighbor
- Grab some takeout for dinner or if you want to eat healthier, consider a food subscription service like, Hello Fresh.
- If you feel like you are getting even a little sick, head to the store and stock up on any kind of medicine or vitamins you will need so that you don’t have to go out later.
- Let the kids buy lunches at school so you don’t have to worry about packing anything.
- Use your grocery store’s online shopping options if they have them. You can usually shop online and then just send someone to pick them up for you if you can’t wait until you are better. You can always use Amazon Prime if your store doesn’t offer this option.
- Let your husband and the kids take care of the dishes, laundry, taking care of the pets or any other responsibilities they can take on.
- Let go of the screen time limits. Turn on Netflix or your Amazon account and watch movies or TV shows with the kids. You can also give them more video game or tablet time so that you can get some more rest.
- Call the grandparents, aunts, uncles, anyone that lives close and will let the kids have a sleep over for a night or two.
- If you don’t have any family that lives close, you might want to consider using a “mother’s helper”. These are preteen age kids that can come over and keep the younger kids entertained while you are still in the house. It is a cheaper option than hiring a babysitter.
- You can make some “busy bags” if you have toddler aged kids. I like having these on hand for when I get sick or for when you go out to restaurants. It keeps them occupied for a while.