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things to do with kids when YOU'RE sick

So it's unavoidable that I have to go to work tomorrow~I got hit in the face with a cold, I'm in the worst days of it, but I'm leaving for a 10 day vacation Sunday so I can't really call off from work tomorrow (luckily Friday is a preschool day, so I'll only work from 1 to 6)

Aside from discouraging cuddling, what do you suggest I DO with a clingy 4.5 year old and an almost 3 year old?  I was thinking making it a movie day. I'm very good about their tv consumption, but this seems like a situation where Disney Junior might be my best friend. Neither of them are big on independant play, they prefer to snuggle and read books or play games, they usually won't just play together in the playroom without me being a part of it.

*note to add the parents are usually good about not making me work when I'm sick, but this is so close to a vacation and would be a big inconvenience to them to call off.  They also understand that most of the time, it's their kids that have given me whatever I have :-P Boychild had this one first, it wouldn't surprise me if girlchild is feeling poorly tomorrow too.


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Sep. 21st, 2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
I have an autoimmune disease so there are days that I am holed up in my room and I can't do very much. My son is 4 and is very hyper so when those days happen I have a list of things that are available to keep him occupied.

I'll let him play Wii Sports (he knows how and most of the games are easy enough for him to do)
Let him play games on the PBSKids website or other children friendly websites.
We play "Where is it?" In which I ask him where ___ is and he finds it. And after we have a pile of things he hides them again. Silly but it works.
Movies are also a given.
I have him put on a puppet show with his toys and tell me a story with them.

I hope you get to feeling better soon!
Sep. 21st, 2011 08:18 pm (UTC)
The commenter before me made some good suggestions. And definitely, definitely movies. These are life-savers when the parent is sick ;)
Sep. 21st, 2011 08:18 pm (UTC)
I can sometimes get a lot of mileage out of messy play (markers, paints, food coloring, etc.) in the bath. And then I just sit on the bathroom floor and drink tea. Daytime bath is sometimes fun enough to last for a while.

I also like audio stories so i dont have to read, there are lots for free online.
Sep. 21st, 2011 08:48 pm (UTC)
We like to use stickers; I buy books of them at the dollar store. They can put lots of animals on the piece of paper, then they can add trees for a jungle or cages for a zoo. We sometimes find 'face' stickers and make school buses with a face in each window, or the crowd at a baseball game. We sometimes make cards for people (birthdays, get well cards).

Movies are a given. Play-doh (mine like to make little 'cakes' and 'cookies' and have a play bakery). Coloring books, 'paint with water' books, colored construction paper shapes on paper.

Good luck, I know it's not easy!!
Sep. 21st, 2011 09:37 pm (UTC)

We just made a clubhouse out of an old box. My son is 2 though. Don't know how long it'd entertain a 4 year old. It was really easy to do and is keeping him entertained a long while.

He can play in the backyard while I sit in the lounger and watch him.

Go for a nature walk. (The fresh air is good for you.)

Bubbles are pretty easy to manage.


arts and crafts

Try to take it easy. I hope you feel better!

Sep. 21st, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
I have migraines pretty much all of the time, so on my non-functioning days I set my son up with my laptop, coloring books (he has special colors he can use on those days), and sometimes his special scissors (cut different edges) at the end of my bed. I also tend to have special games he can play on those days, like flash cards, Foldit (neat little science game), or some other computer game he doesn't otherwise have access to.

That way, he's still close and can cuddle for a few seconds when he needs reassurance but he's also doing something where we both have our own space (which helps with contagion in your case). He also feels like he has some special mom time even when I'm seeing stars because he gets to play in my cool dark room in close vicinity without being on top of me.
Sep. 23rd, 2011 01:25 am (UTC)
thanks y'all!

I ended up setting the table up for crayons/markers/coloring books and bringing the little trampoline into the living room. the kids colored and jumped and watched movies most of the day. the only crappy aspect was the 4.5 year old being mad and upset because I wouldn't snuggle her~her "snuggle" is sitting in my lap, facing me, and having her face very close to mine, and I really didn't want to give her any of my germs, so no snuggles. So she was a bit pouty about that, but that was it. Tomorrow I pick them up from school at 12:30, take them home, feed them lunch, and put them to bed for naps, so I'll only have maybe 2 hours at the end of the day with them, so I'm not worried about that.
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