Being prepared for when mom is sick doesn’t seem like a fun thing to do but, trust me, it is worth thinking ahead for. When mom get’s sick (and it happens when it is least convenient) it can be very tough, especially if other family members are sick too. I have been nursing 4 of my 6 kids back to health this week and just restocked my storage box of items for myself. I did it just in the nick of time too because after loosing sleep and caring for so many sick kids I am starting to not feel so great myself.
When you are not feeling well and daddy is at work all day, there are some ways you can make life easier on yourself. Here are a few things I suggest throwing in a labeled storage box and stashing somewhere out of everyday sight:
The “For When Mom is Sick” Box
Kid snacks I would suggest stocking several non perishable snacks (granola bars, crackers, nuts) so that when the kids are hungry you have stuff on hand.
Easy to prepare meals– mac n cheese, canned soups, jars of spaghetti sauce and pasta, or other quick and easy meal ideas that you can put together quickly to feed the kids.
Easy Foods for you– Broths and soups and snacks in case you do have an appetite.
Vitamins and medicine– Since you are preparing for when you are sick you might as well go ahead and get these things. It’s no fun to have to go to a store when you are sick. Throw in some Sambucus Syrup (Elderberry syrup) to help boost your immunity and help keep anyone who isn’t sick yet from getting sick too. I also like to have Oscillococcinum on hand, which works well to reduce the duration and severity of flu symptoms. I have been very grateful for it’s effectiveness in the past. Also, load up on vitamin C and make sure you’re taking vitamin D (see your doctor for doses).
I am also learning about the effectiveness of essential oils in treating all sorts of illnesses and issues. Since I am a big advocate of using natural products as much as possible I am excited to learn more about the use of essential oils for treating illnesses.
New Games, Movies or Toys for the kids– Kids seem to have extra energy when you have none. Help keep them entertained with a new game, coloring books, small toys, etc… Why should it be new? Because they will be more likely to spend more time with it if it is new. You may even save a new movie for this occasion.