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Remember when a sick day meant you could lie on the couch intermittently napping and catching up on your favorite TV shows? When you are a parent, there is no such thing as a sick day. It’s more like a get-through-it day.
Last week, I hit the trifecta when I got sick while my hubby was on a business trip and my kids were still recovering. Being sick is no fun. No one has a good time when they are sick, and no one has a good time when mommy is sick.
According to the Fellowes 2014 Cold and Flu Report, 46% of Americans are concerned about getting sick during cold and flu season. (You can lump me into that group.)
To reduce the cold and flu season risk in the home, Fellowes recommends a four-step process:
- Ask about a flu shot
- Wash and sanitize hands regularly
- Wipe down surfaces with powerful disinfectants
- Purify the air indoors
Do you purify your air? Think about it, if air purifiers like the Fellowes AeraMax can help remove airborne particles including viruses and germs from the air you breathe in your home, why wouldn’t you use them as part of your arsenal for cold and flu season.
Fact – air purifiers with True HEPA filters remove 99.97% of the airborne particles including viruses, germs, dust, mold, pollen, ragweed, pet dander and cigarette smoke.
I’ll be reviewing the new Fellowes AeraMax™ DX-55 next month, and I am excited to add it to my four-step process for keeping my house germ free. Not to mention it will help clean the allergens out of the air helping me to breathe easier. I am excited to check out the AeraSmart™ Sensor that monitors the air quality and automatically adjusts the fan speed to keep your air purified.
Of course, even if you do everything you can to protect yourself from falling ill, sometimes the sickies sneak in. Since there are no sick days, here some ideas for entertaining the kids when mom is sick.
Hang Up Your Cape – Sorry supermom, you can’t do it all. Give yourself a break – the laundry and the bathroom can wait.
Helping Hands – Little ones love to lend a helping hand, so put your extra hands to work assisting with smaller kids and fetching you a new box of tissues.
Indoor Picnic – The kids have to eat, but you just want to lay down. Spread a picnic blanket on the floor in the living room, the kids will get a kick out of eating on the floor and you can lie next to them while the eat.
Quite Time – If your kids still nap, sleep while they sleep. But if naps aren’t in the picture, encourage quite play. It takes some practice (when you are not sick), but when perfected it can be your sick day lifeline.
Movie Day - Go ahead, let them zone out on the TV for the whole day if you must. You won’t be sick forever. You can return to normal when you feel normal again.
Story Time – Frog in your throat? Spread out the books and ask the kids to read to you. You will save your voice (and your energy) while they work on their reading skills — even if they “read” the pictures.
Playdate – Call in a pinch hitter. If you get hit hard, but the kids are healthy, ask a friend’s mom if they can come play. Of course, this only works if your kids are healthy, you don’t want to get the other family sick too.
Take Out – Take a break from meal prep and plan for take out. Better yet, who delivers?