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Have the Flu? Have Kids? Here’s How to Survive the Day

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Survive the flu when you have kids.

Getting sick while you’re a parent is when instead of taking care of your family, you need a parent or someone to comfort and take care of you. Of course, we always strive to be the best mom or dad we can, but when those cold or flu symptoms start coming on, who wouldn’t rather pull the covers over their head all day?

Cold and flu season is here, and as much as we’d like to pretend we’re invincible, there’s at least one day a year when we’ll have to suck it up and be a full-time parent while we’re sick. Read on for some real-world ideas for getting through one of those days.

How To Survive The Flu When You Have Kids

Stock Those Cupboards

Before you even get sick, make sure your cupboards are full of items you may need during cold and flu season. Be sure to stock up on tea, cough drops, extra soft tissues, vitamins, and Theraflu way before symptoms hit, because once your real sick day arrives, you will not have the energy to load your kids into the car and get yourself all of the supplies you need.

Theraflu PowerPods are a great item to stock up on, since all you have to do is pop one into your single-serve brewing machine and within seconds you’ve got a warm and soothing cup of Theraflu that provides powerful relief for your cold and flu symptoms.

Leave the Laundry

Another thing that is a must while enduring a sick day with the kids at home is to simply leave the house a mess. Abandon the dishes in the sink and laundry in the hamper. These chores can wait until either your partner gets home or until you actually start to feel better. If you try to take on too much while you’re feeling sick (i.e., doing seven loads of laundry), it will only slow your healing down. Get your rest!

Talk to Your Kids

Finally, be open with your kids about how you’re feeling. Even toddlers are old enough to understand when mom or dad says something like, “I am feeling pretty tired and sick today.”

And look, as long as it’s a rare occurrence, there’s nothing wrong with plopping the kiddos in front of cartoons for a while so you can have some downtime. After all, we’re parents, not superheros. In the end, what really matters is that your kids know you love them, even when you’ve got the sniffles.