Sick days aren’t much fun

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Sick days are never that fun are they? I always feel at a loose end when one of the kids falls ill.

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Looking after a sick child isn’t much fun, but it forces you to take it easy and calm down a bit.

Like most people (well, I assume like most people) I always try to make sure the day is an easy one. Screen time rules go out the window and I encourage the children to rest and do as little as possible.

The only problem, of course, is that even ill kids need to be active at least a little bit and, if practical, spend a little time outside. Keep them pent up indoors for too long and, one way or another, that stored up energy comes out.

My eldest recently had a minor tummy bug. The poor little mite didn’t look at all well in the morning. By the time my wife came home in the evening, the house had been thoroughly trashed (yes, there was a return to school the following day).

The one other thing that gets me about sick days? It’s the guilt I feel that goes with them.

I have a child to look after but 101 other priorities and demands on my time. Sure, I put as much as I can on the back burner but my little one simply has to rest or entertain themselves until I can down tools and spend time with them.

It makes me feel bad that I can’t dedicate every moment to nursing them at such moments. I guess, it’s just the way things go.

That said, when my eldest did have that upset tummy, we snuggled down with pillows and soft toys (Helen’s not, mine) and watched a Harry Potter film together. It was a lovely way to spend an afternoon, truth be told. It forced me to stop tearing round at the usual million miles an hour I always seem to lead my life.

So yeah, sick days: I’m no fan of them. Even so, I like the fact they force me to live at a slower pace.


And then the fun began...


4 thoughts on “Sick days aren’t much fun”

  1. I think most kids will happily watch a nice film when they are sick and cosy up on the sofa which makes it a whole lot easier. Luckily my boy is rarely ill so they are few and far between. Hope he’s feeling better now 🙂 x

    1. Oh yes, thankfully Helen made a swift recovery. Watching a great film is just the done thing when under the weather I think.

  2. I haven’t had to deal with too many sick days (fingers crossed I haven’t just jinxed it!!) and actually it would be a bit of an issue for me because I would probably have to take time off work which I can’t afford to do right now as my annual leave is more or less run down to the ground between now and April :-/ However, I can see what you’re saying about living life at a slower pace. When the kids have actually been ill in the past I have actually secretly enjoyed the cuddliness and the stillness of them because they are normally living life at 100 miles an hour and we don’t ever seem to snuggle. I guess that’s just the nature of children their age for the most part! Thanks for linking up to this week’s #thetruthabout John

    1. It must be very difficult to take time off, especially if you are a single parent. Kids do indeed seem to live life just as quickly as their parents. I guess we can all be guilty of missing the cuddles as a result! Thanks for hosting #truthabout

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