Friday, January 26, 2007

Sick Kids

It is no fun to have sick kids, although there are some benefits. Like the extra snuggling, the extra sleeping, the extra "quietness" of the child. But that is often overshadowed by the cries of discomfort from the child, the extra laundry, the extra thought to meals, the realization that daily chores will fall behind, and that this might spread through the whole crew.

So I do what all moms do. I remind all to wash hands and to cover noses and mouths when coughing and sneezing. I have the kids wash the doorknobs and light switches, while I wash the bedding, and clean the bathroom for the umpteenth time. I encourage extra fluids, and I give them their "pizza" medicine. I make jell-o and chicken noodle soup and I give in and we spend a lot of the day watching movies (another benefit).

The count is now 2 down, 3 to go (although I hope not!). But really I can't complain. This is the first illness this winter and it seems to be a pretty mild one. Plus all the kids know how to use a bucket which is one more thing to be grateful for.

1 comment:

Jen Schurman said...

I don't mean to cause alarm but I heard on Dr. Phil or Rachel Ray or somebody, that kids are generally sick 8-10 times a year. This is perfectly normal and is "good" for their immune system. I can't imagine doing that with 5 kids. You MUST have developed patience :)