10 Tips For Parenting When You’re Sick

February 20, 2019 14 Comments
Tea party while having a sick day. 10 tips to survive a sick day.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc., Abreva, Emergen-C, Lipton, Robitussin and Theraflu. All opinions are mine alone. #SickDayTips #CollectiveBias

10 tips for parenting when you are sick.

You go to sleep one night a Normal Life Mom and you wake up the next morning a congested mess of snot and ooze. Your head feels the size of a balloon and you can’t keep up with tissues and nose spray. You need relief and you need it fast.

A nice warm bath, a whole season of your favorite Netflix show, some chicken noodle soup and you will be feeling better in no time.

Oh wait, on top of feeling sicker than you’ve ever felt, you are also responsible for three little humans for the rest of the day. There goes your plans to lay in bed all day. How will you ever manage the next 8-10 hours, extremely sick, while also being the main parental unit?

Here are some easy sick day tips to keep your kids busy while you get through your illness.

1. Call In Help

This probably seems like a no brainer, but I’ve been really sick before and thought I was was super mom, able to handle both kids and the flu alone. If you have a family member or close friend in town see if they can come over, even if just for an hour to help. If your partner’s work schedule is flexible see if there is an option for them to work from home or work half the day so you can catch some extra sleep.

2. Grab All Your Sick Day Essentials At Kroger

Shopping in your PJs when you are sick is 100% acceptable. Grab the kids, hop in the car and head to your local Kroger for a quick trip to get all of your sick day essentials.

The over the counter medicine section at my Normal, Illinois Kroger is right in front, making it easy to get in and out. All the medicine I need for my cold and flu woes can be found in the same aisle, making it super convenient to get in and get the medicine you need, quickly.

Medicine aisle in Kroger, Illinois is easily accessible and located right at the front of the store so you don't have to go far for all of your sick day essentials.

My over the counter go-to medicines include: Robitussin® Maximum Strength Honey Cough & Congestion DM, Theraflu Power Pods Daytime Severe Cold and Abreva® Pump Cold Sore and Fever Blister Treatment. ( Remember Theraflu Powder Pods Daytime Severe Cold and Robitussin® Maximum Strength Honey Cough and Chest Congestion DM should not be used at the same time)

The Robitussin Honey helps to soothe on contact and provides cough relief for hours which is exactly what you need to get through your sick day with the kids. Abreva delivers the best results when used at the first sign of a cold sore.

Hop on over to the Tea and Coffee aisle and grab some soothing Lipton Bedtime Bliss Tea. All of the Lipton wellness teas are made with carefully selected botanicals and are blended with essential oils, which help make wellbeing a part of your everyday routine. This is a delicious tea to sip on at the end of your long day.

3. Make a Sick Day Caddy

Grab an old shoebox, diaper caddy, or wicker basket you have laying around the house and throw all of your sick day essentials in there. With your sick day caddy you can  easily have everything you need in one place. Add all of your medicine, some water to keep you hydrated, facial tissue, thermometer and a plastic bag for all of the garbage.

4. Simplify Lunches

Everyone has heard that chicken noodle soup soothes the soul. Grab some of the premade soup in the Kroger deli for an easily warmed up lunch for you and the kiddos later.  Also, pick up some fun snacks that the kids will love. Think small bags of pretzels, boxes of raisins or pouches of applesauce.

OR call in food! I don’t think I have ever ordered delivery in the middle of the day, but nothing sounds easier than on a sick day. Order from your favorite sandwich shop or pizza place and make lunchtime easy.

5. Create a Sensory Bin

Most Kroger stores have a clearance section. Check it out before you check out and see what kind of fun stuff you can grab to make a fun sensory box later. Noodles and rice would make great bases for any sensory box. Better yet, use what you already have in your own pantry. If you have cereal that has expired or is ready to go bad use that. Add some fun scoops and cups and let your kids sift through the sensory box, while you watch from the distance snuggled up in a warm blanket. Place a fitted sheet underneath the sensory box for easy cleanup later.

Create an easy sensory box when you are home dealing with your own sickness. Sensory boxes will create hours of fun while you can take it easy and relax.6. Break Out The Rainy Day Toys

I’m one of those moms who don’t let their kids have all the toys they get from holidays and their birthday right away (mean mom I know). I usually have a stash of “rainy day” toys in the basement and pull them out as needed. Those toys are NEVER more needed than on sick days. Head down and see what you have. IF you don’t, check your storage and see what you have packed away. My daughter loves discovering old toys all over again.

7. Have a Tea Party

Brew yourself a warm glass of Lipton Bedtime Bliss Tea and while you are doing that, microwave some water for about 20 seconds for your kiddos. Have your littles sip their own “pretend tea” alongside of you. You can even have them dress up in their favorite dress up clothes to make the tea party more memorable, while you lounge in your favorite dressy yoga pants.

10 easy sick day tips to help you survive when you are sick and still need to be a parent.

Tea party while having a sick day. 10 tips to survive a sick day.8. Repurpose old toys

This is a great day to find toys that aren’t toys and turn them into playthings. Have a bunch of cardboard boxes laying around? Have your kids color the inside of them and make “spaceships.” Add pretty stickers or glue on some glitter dots you have laying around. Use playing cards and play a game of memory or make up your own age appropriate game. Take old socks and encourage your children to put on a puppet show for you.

9. Watch A Movie

Find a fun movie from your childhood that you and your kids will love. Flip around and see if you can find some fun educational videos that will get your kids learning while you can spend some time relaxing. Pop some popcorn for your kids.

While the popcorn is popping, conveniently make yourself a warm glass of Theraflu Power Pods Daytime Severe Cold. The pods are really convenient as they easily can be brewed right from your single serving coffee maker. These fast relieving pods work on even your most severe symptoms due to a cold including: minor aches and pains, headache, nasal and sinus congestion, and temporarily reduces a fever. You will be feeling better before the movie ends!

10 sick day tips10. Build a Fort

Lay down on the ground and have your children build a fort around you. They will have so much fun grabbing pillows and blankets and pushing chairs together while you can take it easy and “rest”

You Did it!

As soon as your partner walks through the door, declare the day a victory. Everyone is well and it’s now your turn to go lay down while they clean up pillow forts and the sensory bin fun.

Theraflu-(c) 2019 the GSK group of companies or its licensor. Theraflu is for use in adults 12 years and older. Use all products only as directed Read label and follow directions. Abreva, Emergen-C, Robitussin- Use only as directed. Read label and follow directions

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose cure or prevent a disease.

Sharing is caring!


All posts


  • Savannah February 21, 2019 at 5:38 am

    These are all great ideas! I love all the fun ideas to keep the kids entertained and happy as well as the remedies for mom. I didn’t know that Lipton had teas with essential oils blended in and I didn’t know that Robitussin had a cough syrup with honey. Apparently I need to check these out now!

  • Cath February 21, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    I hope that you are all feeling better. Good tips to get you trough the day.

  • Courtney February 21, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    These are really great ideas. It is so hard to be a mom when you are sick! Hope you all are feeling better.

  • Season February 21, 2019 at 11:11 pm

    I had no idea Theraflu had pods, how convenient! Bringing in the back up is so important when sick. The sensory bin and pizza are also great suggestions. Being a mom means no sick days, unfortunately! Thank you for this great information!!

  • Pamela February 23, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Putting the fitted sheet under the sensor bins – genius! Love the sick caddy, and I need to look for some sick pods for my Keurig. I am still sick with a cough, stuffy and runny nose – ugh! Thank you for all of these fabulous tips! ❤

  • Sarah February 25, 2019 at 1:53 am

    These are such great ideas for when you are sick! I love to use sensory bins when I am sick to keep the littles occupied!

  • Meagan February 25, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    OK. The Theraflu pods???? That’s so cool! I don’t actually have a Keurig or anything but that’s cool that this exists. These are all great tips! Being sick while momming is so hard! Kids have no chill.

  • Mary Leigh February 25, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    These are all such good ideas! I appreciate that you mentioned not only the essentials that you can grab from the store for yourself (we LOVE emergen-c over here!), but also lots of good ideas to keep the kids entertained too, because we all know, it has to be BAD for mama to get a sick day!

  • Heather February 26, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    I love these ideas! I would never think to grab more than medicine at the store, but I love the idea of grabbing a little something to help keep the kids occupied too!

  • Nikki February 27, 2019 at 2:21 am

    All great ideas!! We do alot of movies when we’re sick! Im not a huge medicine user, but sometimes it’s necessary!

  • Erin February 27, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    Simplifying lunches is a staple for sick-mom days in our house! I am not about to make a full meal when I feel like I’m dying. Haha

  • stephanie March 6, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    These are great ideas! My favorites is building a fort

  • Asia March 9, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    These are great ideas for the our sick days (no such thing as mom sick days!

  • Danielle March 10, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    These tips are all so great!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

  • Leave a Reply

    About Me

    About Me

    Normal Life Mom

    I'm Christine, a mom lives in Normal (a real place). Here to share all things food, family and fun! An emphasis on healthy family friendly foods and snacks (with allergies in mind), DIY learning activities and play ideas. Plus all things toddler/preschool and motherhood related

    Christine xoxox

    Subscribe To Our Mailing List

    Get the news right in your inbox!