Argh, this had to be the week that the kids got sick. Why now? Of all times? The week of our Holiday Party, the week I finally get to meet up with a really amazing friend, the week that I was supposed to get so much done. Why!?
So this weeks Top Ten will be all about being sick and how to deal with it, both practical advice and totally silly. So, much of this advice comes on the heels of two kids being sick with something like the cold/flu bug.
And I’m changing how I do it. I’ve been doing 1 through 10 as opposed to 10 – 1. Get it? Think David Letterman or Vh1’s “best of” everything.
10) Sleep. Yes, sleep. Call in, send a note to the school via a sibs back up, whatever you need to do and follow the rules, sleep. There’s no getting around the fact your body needs to rest.
9) When you wake up, or the kid wakes up, chicken soup. Make it from scratch if you can. It’s really not that hard. My friends swear by letting the chicken carcass rest in water for about 10 min with a tsp of white vinegar. Bring to simmer with bay leaf, carrots, onion, lots of garlic. Personally, I like to take the carcass out of the water after it’s been cooking a bit and begins to soften, break the bones a bit, cook a little more. Take the veggies and bay leaf out, add some fresh chopped veggies, cook til soft. Add cooked chicken and noodles, salt and peppah and mmm chicken soup. There. Done. On a side note, my kids like either really wide noodles or broken up vermicelli.
8) Dig out the coloring book and crayons and sit back and color for a while. Great therapy for both kids and adults.
7) Drink your oj or some other juice which is high in vitamin C. And plenty of water too, but you knew that. Avoid caffeine and alcohol please. And while I’m sure none of you are giving your little ones a glass of wine at night, watch for that caffeine in pop and tea.
6) Cartoons are great and all and I’m not one to bash Spongebob, I actually like the fella, but this is a great time to sit down with the kids and try something new. I am a huge, absolutely huge fan of Mythbusters and The History Channel. It’s a great way to talk about science and history and geography. If that’s not on, and you have a way to step out to the library for a minute, check out some fun videos that incorporate some learning into the fun.
5) There’s always Star Wars, which, if you’re anything like me, is appropriate for most ages, especially IV, V and VI. I, II and III meh, maybe a little older.
4) Candy canes. I got this from a friend of mine on Facebook. The peppermint is apparently good for many things. I’m sure the sugar isn’t helpful, but seeing as many homes are dripping with candy canes right now, grab one from the tree and sit back with your feet up to watch Luke and Leia fly through the air.
3) If your head is not too weighed down in gunk and you can manage this task, reading is a good way to kill the time. I don’t recommend trying to wrap your head around Alex De Toqueville’s “Democracy in America” at the moment or reading Jane Eyre to your 10-year-old. Lighter reading. Think Geronimo Stilton for them and Joan Hess for you.
2) Paint your nails. Or their nails. If you have a son, show him Steven Tyler’s pic and do a sweet black stripe down the nail. When Dad comes home tell him that your son knows what he’s going to do with his life.
1) Make a bucket list. Help them make their own, make a family one or cuddle up with your tissues and oj and laptop and make your own. What better way to get healthy than to think of all the great things you have yet to do with your life?
I hear one kid coughing a bit, and the other needs something to drink.
Get healthy and have a great Tuesday!