A couple weeks ago I talked about ways to help you, as a parent or guardian, get through your day with a sick child, because everyone knows, taking a day off of work or your scheduled plans to take care of a sick child isn’t always the easiest. For the better part of my boys upbringing, I was a single mother, so taking care of a sick child meant all too often I had to take a day off of work, if my mom or dad also had to work that day. I couldn’t send them to daycare because well, daycare facilities have rules about sick kids just like schools do.
I remember when my sons were younger and they weren’t feeling well. It was one of the worse feelings in the world. If your child is ill it can be exhausting taking care of them. They often want all your attention, as that is a comfort to them. When they are very young or just toddling, they cannot always tell you exactly what is wrong, and that can make it even harder to know you are doing the right thing. Getting through the day with a sick child is not an easy task, some times you want to throw in the towel, but don’t, because it either has throw up on it or spilled soup. Seriously though, it’s rough, but here are a few tips that will help get through the day.
I’ve talked in the past about how we have two children with mental health issues. My oldest has ADHD and our youngest has ODD. With those, we constantly have a lot of anger and stress in the home. We deal with it the best that we can, though it’s not always easy. For a while, I thought that I was the cause of my ids ADHD & ODD. After lots of therapy and talking with those who have studied ADHD & ODD for years, I know it’s nothing I’ve done in my parenting. Anger and stress in children aren’t easy to work with, however, it’s not impossible either! However, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t having problems with stress more or less than any other child.
The other day my youngest son was playing a popular game on the Xbox One. I overheard the conversations a few kids and my son was having and he said something that surprised me since we’ve talked about internet safety quite a bit. He mentioned that he was only 12 and that he was home with his mom and that he couldn’t do something because he wasn’t allowed to. It shocked me. So I had him turn the game off and we discussed again how telling people online that you don’t know personally, any type of personal information is unacceptable.