Sick days {and $100 CVS giftcard!!}



So friends, what did you for January?  Us? Well, we spent most of it passing a nasty cold back and forth.  First, Doug, then the boys, then me and then me again.  It was one of the longest and most lingering colds we've ever had as a family.  Aaron ended it with the grand finale of a double ear infection.  Fun times were had by all.  I forgot what it was like to sleep through the night since each twilight we were guaranteed at least one visitor complaining about a certain ailment or another.   

It was, however, perfect timing a way though as I was asked by Children's Mucinex to participate in a series that deals with just that...cold and flu season and how to come out on the other side with a smile on your face.  Nothing like a fresh experience to provide some good writing inspiration, right?

In our house we do all we can do to prevent colds...lots of OJ, multi-vitamins, hand washing, eating well and just a hint of hibernation during the worst of the season.    When are boys were really little, we hibernated a lot more but as they've gotten older we've done that less and less.  Now we just make the most of sick days.  With both boys in school, any little scrap of extra time we can get is a bonus and as long as vomit is not involved we can usually have a good time, the boys get some extra time together and we use it as both an opportunity to slow down a bit and be thankful for the colds that they have.

Yes, thankful.  The boys being sick always makes me thankful.  Thankful for little problems like passing fevers, coughing and just enough sickness to slow us down.  Why are we thankful for those things?  Because in our case, it's the worse we ever have to deal with.  The worst we have ever had is a bad cold.  My boys don't spend days in the hospital, have only had a small handful of non-well child visits and have never come close to anything that was life threatening.  Their illnesses are short lived and soon enough their lives go back to normal.  They rebound quickly and pick up where they left off.  My boys being ill makes me thankful for their health and help me to remember and pray for those who aren't as fortunate and spend days and lives in a hospital.

It also makes me thankful that I can go out and get them whatever they need to bring them comfort.  Like that OJ, or gatorade, or juice, or blankets, or tissues, or medicines like Children's Mucinex.  I can get them whatever they need and I don't ever want to take that for granted.   

A lot of times the boys are just sick enough to keep them home but not so sick they can't still have a fun day.  Thankfully with medicines like Children's Mucinex Multi-Symptom Cold they can still make the most of their days with symptoms like a stuffy nose, cough and congestion tamed enough to allow a little fun in their day.

I'm looking forward to sharing some the ways we fill the sick day hours and I can't wait to hear how you do the same!

Wanna win a $100 CVS gift card?  Let me know: What activity makes your child smile when under the weather?  Here?  It's usually something that I pull from my secret stash of goodies that I keep hidden away for days like these...a new puzzle, a fresh box of crayons or a new book.

Children's Mucinex Multi-Symptom Cold is also offering a $2.00 off coupon to use on your next purchase.

When your child has a bad cold, you both can feel miserable. Children's Mucinex is the #1 children's brand for relieving congestion* and provides fast acting relief from your child's worst cold symptoms. Try Children's Mucinex Multi-Symptom Cold if your child needs relief from stuffy nose and chest congestion. Always use Children's Mucinex Multi-Symptom Cold as directed. (*Based on IRI unit share data for the 52 weeks ending November 2012)

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111 comments:

Sarah said...

we've got that cold too. when my kids are sick they like getting to watch a tv show or play games

Megan Bruch said...

When my boy is sick, we snuggle up and watch a movie that he gets to pick. It makes him happy and keeps him still and resting. :)

Amber Farnham said...

We love to have a new movie and a quilt when we are under the weather. With lots of cuddling :)

Kelly said...

My daughter loves it when we watch a little tv in bed and do her nails.

Mami2jcn said...

My daughter likes watching Nick Jr. when she’s under the weather.

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mwc liz said...

Your ideas are great. A new puzzle, snuggling with stuffed animals and a tiny treat like part of a candy bar always brighten up sick little faces.

kellyr78 said...

When my kids are sick I usually give them a new coloring book, so we can color together or play Tic Tac Toe. They love these activities.
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jane said...

Snuggle up on the couch with a new book and a stuffed bunny that he only wants when he is sick.

carly smith said...

we definitely watch more tv around here when we are sick. and we build a lot of puzzles. popsicles or other treats (that sneakily get him eating or drinking) also help brighten his spirits :)

Shary said...

I totally keep secret "gifties" hidden for days when my child is either sick or super sad. I call it "the rainy day box" though it's not only for that occasion, of course.

rachel said...

Popcorn and a Sprite seems to help!!

Allie McCoy said...

When my hubby and I are sick, a Slurpee always seems to find its way into our house. It's the perfect pick-me-up.

Frugal Mom from California said...

Watching cartoons

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Leslie said...

We usually like snuggling on the sofa and watch tv. I'll wait on my kids like my life depended on it. (They're 11 & 12 and so don't get much maid service anymore. Lol) Thankfully we have been healthy this winter. I, too, am always thankful that a cold or sore throat is the worse ailment we see in our home; we are blessed!!

Wehaf said...

We like to put on The Princess Bride.

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Jessica said...

sunggles, a movie, and some special food like popsicles.

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susan1215 said...

My kids like laying in our bed watching a movie or cartoons when they aren't feeling well

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Judy B. said...

Watching a special movie or cartoons

Miss Cindy Jaeger said...

What makes my girl smile? An episode of Doc McStuffins :)

Lisa Brown said...

When we spend time reading together, or doing any other craft projects at home, and television, they always feel better.
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tigerchick said...

Playing a board game together is special.

Jill said...

Cartoons and popsicles.

youarewhoyoulove said...

popsicles, cuddling with mom, and their favorite movies! :)

youarewhoyoulove said...

popaicles, cuddling with mom, and thwir favorite movies! :)

sonyamorris (Sonya Morris) said...

Extra snuggling on the couch while watching their favorite tv shows makes my little ones feel better. sonyadmorris@gmail.com

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Courtney B said...

we lay in bed and watch bubble guppies or fresh beat band!

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JC said...

A fun movie or cartoon with snacks work the wonder when under the weather.

latanya t said...

My son likes watching Spongebob or the Fresh Beat Band to cheer him up.

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MCantu1019 said...

watching bugs bunny usually does the trick
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cw said...

My daughter smile when I turn on the TV as she rarely gets to watch it....and smoothies

agatewood1 said...

Watching TV in bed or playing their 3DS. My oldest son likes to read on the iPad as well :) THANKS!
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Madeline Brubaker said...

My child likes eating noodle soup and watching a Harry Potter movie when she's sick.
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Janice said...

Snuggling and watching Dora the Explorer
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chambanachik said...

Lots of snuggles! :)

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Jeannette said...

We usually snuggle and watch TV or read lots of books. Most of the time is spent resting in bed so that she feels better

Tiffany Winner said...

watching cartoons all day
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mummytotwoboys said...

My son seems to really perk up when playing with Play Doh and Moon Sand! Its odd but it seems to help him feel better. I also let him play for extra time on his Leappad

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Tamar said...

Watching Disney Junior does the trick.
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Allison Downes said...

When my kids are sick we usually snuggle up together and watch cartoons or movies

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Rebecca Graham said...

Spending the day watching cartoons.

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Kim D. said...

My kids just like to stay in bed and watch their favorite cartoons or play on the ipad.

tara pittman said...

they usually sleep all day

LaDonna Gay said...

my kids love getting goldfish in their chicken soup when they are sick

Miranda said...

I do not have a child of my own....but for my nephews it is playing hid and seek with their auntie that always makes them feel better!

Tina said...

playing video game with daddy
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Yvonne Campbell said...

Our last colds last 1 week for each of us. That was a long one. I'd love to be the winner.

Kelly Massman said...

we read; Thanks for a chance to win!
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Duncan Faber said...

We used audiobooks to encourage our kids to read. It's not as good as books, but it's definitely a step up from the tv. There's lots of great sites to download them, but we use this one a lot because all the stories are original and free. Here's the link if anyone is interested. http://www.twirlygirlshop.com/moral-stories-for-kids

betty baez said...

playing games on my computer they love freshpaint app angelgenius27(at)yahoo(dot)com

HilLesha said...

My son loves playing with his LEGOs.

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peg42 said...

My kids like to play a game or just cuddle and watch movies together.
Thanks so much.
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PAIGE said...

My daughter loves to watch The Parent Trap in her room over and over again when she feels crummy. She knows the words by heart.
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BethElderton said...

We mostly just snuggle in and watch movies
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Stephanie said...

making a bed on the couch
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Gina Wildorchid said...

My son loves to cuddle with me and his favorite blanket while watching his favorite movies when he is feeling under the weather.

Thanks for the chance to win!

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clc408 said...

Sometimes my boys liked to play Battleship when they were under the weather.

Stephanie Larison said...

Getting the games out, she loves Uno and Candyland

Anastasia said...

Getting comfy and snuggling on the couch while watching their favorite tv shows :)

Gina said...

My toddler only wants snuggles, watching Caillou & popsicles.

Barbara Montag said...

Homemade chicken noodle soup and watching kids's movies on Netflix - thank you.

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Nancy Hall said...

Doing puzzles.

Betty C said...

Snuggling in my big bed while we watch TV or read.

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sksweeps said...

my daughter loved maze puzzles and I Spy books

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sy said...

My niece likes to make storybooks or watch shows when she's not feeling well, it's the only time she can sit still. We'll try a puzzle next time too, I hope she'll never get sick though.
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ky2here said...

They like being tickled (understanding that sometimes they do not want to be teased or touched so you play it by ear).

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smilekisses said...

The game Uno Attack.
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bdiane34 said...

We just stay in and read books, play games etc. after the fever is gone of course
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Amy said...

painting makes my kids smiles when they are under the weather.

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marcia goss said...

My granddaughter likes to snuggle on the couch with her blankets and pillow and watch a movie.
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Trish Rhodes said...

When not feeling well, my boys enjoy vegging out to The Lion King or another movie over and over while cuddling under blankets and consuming lots of juice and crackers.

Kasey said...

Renting a movie to watch!

anna said...

lots of love from mama & daddy seem to do the trick. And my gal likes to do art projects all day any day, sick or well.

Diane52 said...

They love to snuggle up with there fave story books
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Lynn said...

We watch his favorite movie--The Lion King.

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angie lilly said...

A hot bubble bath with their favorite bath toys is awesome as long as they don't have a fever!
Angie
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BusyWorkingMama said...

My daughter loves to have me snuggled up next to her on the couch when she is sick.

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Kim Greenough said...

When my little niece is sick, I turn on episodes of Spongebob, and while she is watching make her tomato soup and grilled cheese :)

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Jeri Niksich said...

Muscinex is staple in our house for children & adults, we swear by it!

samdaleo said...

My daughter loves to have a blanket, some water, chocolate pudding, a new DVD and LOTS of Kleenex when she is under the weather.

Thanks!
Samantha
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Jo said...

My grandson likes to lay on the couch and watch his tv shows when he dosent feel well.
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inky08 said...

When one of my kid's get sick all of us have hot honey lemon tea and watch a movie or Tv show they like together. Kid's tend to get better faster when everyone is around and cares.

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sparkedcat said...

An activity that always seems to work is to make a pillow island on the floor and watch a movie.

Kenny Fensom said...

play games

slehan said...

No kids. I sleep as much as possible, drink lots of water and hot herbal tea and use essential oils.

Thanks for the contest.

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Erica Best said...

disney is my nephew fave channel

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kathy pease said...

my daughters loved to paint their toenail and fingernails

Kim (Randominities) said...

My daughter likes to watch the wizard of oz when she's sick

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Charity/CC said...

My son reads his favorite book.

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Angel Jacklyn said...

PLAYING WITH MY MAKEUP. THEY SEEM TO THINK IT'S FUNNIER THAN I DO AND THEY DO IT WHEN THEY'RE SICK SO THEY DON'T GET PUNISHED. kytah00@yahoo.com

brendaelsner said...

My kids love to snuggle and watch movies when they are sick.

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Princess Golden Hair said...

When my child is under the weather a simple cuddle while I read him his favorite book makes him smile.

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Kari Flores said...

A warm bath & Hot Chicken Noodle Soup. kari_944(at)yahoo(dot)com

Wendy Rozema said...

coloring books/sticker books & watching TV in bed!
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Kathryn C said...

playing with paper and felt paperdolls
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ellie said...

My little guy likes snuggling under his favorite blanket and watching movies when he's sick.

cassandra said...

We like to play lots of board games!
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daveshir2005 said...

She loves to color

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Gianna said...

Coloring.

maryjaco1 said...

they watch kid shows i my bed

Nicole Larsen said...

Cuddling, watching movies and having ice cream :)

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/\Heather/\ said...

Pokemon DVDs, drawing fun new characters and chatting with friends.

Katharina said...

I like stapling little "books" of paper together to write stories and draw the pictures to go with the stories. Katharina angelsandmusic[at]gmail[dot]com

dlhaley said...

I would make a "nest" on the sofa and watch our favorite movies. Thank you for the giveaway.

IcyPinkLemonade said...

Games on the phone.

bettycd said...

both of my kids loved to snuggle up in a blanket and read the old fave books.
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Anash said...

my kids love to watch videos when they are under the weather! Thanks for a super giveaway!
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Tabathia said...

coloring and watching tv

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