I was in the midst of planning some fun activities for the boys when the text arrived: 'The boys are sick. I'll keep them home today.'
It's been said that the only thing a child will readily share is sickness. And little ones seem to come down with something every second week. I know when my kids were young, I felt as if I needed to organise a weekly doctor's appointment. There was always someone who was unwell. And two of my children suffered from asthma so, yes, we visited the doctor regularly.
But sickness is a part of family life and it's these moments that become something that will be remembered with warmth and fondness... yes, despite the unpleasantness of sickness.
So.. how? Here are 5 very simple ways to get you started.
2. A Get Well Video Clip
Imagine how thrilled a child would be to receive a video clip that can be played over and over. Fill it with family photos or pictures of enjoyable activities, animals or fun places. Again, I use Adobe Spark because it's so easy to use and free. (You can upgrade for more features.) Add as many pages and photos as you wish. Then email your video, post it to Facebook, your blog or on the web or save and burn to dvd. I've taken about 5 minutes to create this very simple version just as a sample.
3. A Get Well Pack
A pack of games, books, colouring or puzzles would be a real treasure for any child who has to stay inside and rest for an extended period. Add some music or a few special dvds and package it all up in a bright box. You might even want to include construction activities or science fun from places like National Geographic.
4. Home Pack
Don't forget about the family. When children are sick, everyone is involved. There will be restless nights, unsettled days and little time to devote to meal preparation. You might like to organise some dinners for the family. Even if it's not needed immediately, it's helpful to pop in the freezer ready for those times when no-one can be bothered cooking. Add in a few treats to tempt those with little appetite during these times. Some good old-fashioned comfort foods are good choices and research is now acknowledging the benefit of warming chicken and vegetable broths for those who are unwell.
I really hope and pray that your family and children or grandkids remain well. But if they are sick, take this opportunity to build comforting, even fun, memories of your love and concern.
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