Most kids get around 5-6 colds per year, not to mention other illnesses like the flu, stomach viruses, and COVID-19.
If your child is sick, you have to keep them home from school so they don’t spread the illness to other kids. When you’re a young parent, it can start to feel like your child is getting sick and missing school every couple of weeks. Sick day after sick day makes it hard to know what to do with them.
Having sick kids at home means more work for parents. Keep reading, because in today’s post, we’re going to give you some tips for entertaining your child while they’re sick.
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Read With Your Child
It might seem like your child’s education is too rudimentary at times, but every sick day they take puts them at risk of falling behind their peers. Unless they’re bedridden with Covid symptoms, you can make sure they’re still learning.
Pick up a few books from the library and read with your child. Make sure you choose titles that are concurrent with what they’re learning in school, but things that will engage them and excite them. Reading is such an important part of learning and keeps your child off of devices.
Watching Educational Television
In the aftermath of Covid, kids are used to staring at screens all of the time, even for school. Depending on your child’s age, they may already have a phone or tablet that keeps them company. Every parent knows, however, that too much screen time can be hugely detrimental to a child.
If they’re going to stare at a screen, try to make sure they’re learning at the same time. Find an educational TV program or YouTube channel and watch it with your kid. You can even have them take notes on what they’ve watched so they better retain it.
Teach Them to Cook
Having your child home sick for a day doesn’t have to be a downer. If you take a day off work to be with them, it’s a great opportunity to spend time with your child. One of the skills that is lost on many children is the ability to cook.
Before you teach them to cook, Covid testing is mandatory. Give them a quick swab test and, if it’s clear, spend some time in the kitchen making cookies or a simple dinner recipe.
Spend Time Outdoors
As we mentioned earlier, there’s a definite issue with kids and technology. They grow up around it to the point that there’s a huge separation between their lives and the planet. If you want your kids to grow up appreciating the world they live in, you need to make them spend time outdoors.
Go for a long walk on a nature path nearby. If they’re sick, being outside among the trees is a great way to feel better, both physically and mentally. It also allows you to get to know your child better.
Sick Kids at Home Can Be Fun
Having sick kids at home doesn’t have to be a hassle. Partake in one or more of these activities and it’ll be a productive day where you get to spend valuable time with your child.
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Last Updated on December 9, 2023