As a parent, you need to be there to support your child. But what happens when you are sick and unable to provide that support? Here are just some of the ways to cope when ill and looking after children.
Find ways to entertain your child while lying down
You may not be able to dance and jump around with your kid, but there are plenty of other ways to keep them entertained. When it comes to younger kids, consider setting up arts and crafts activities that you can monitor while lying down. You could also watch movies or allow them to play games on your tablet (but don’t spoil them too much with screen time). You could even make a den and all snuggle up together. Try to think up new activities that will hold their interest longer.
Do the bare minimum
Many household chores can wait. Focus on doing the bare minimum to get by while you are ill so that you are not overexerting yourself. This could include washing up and doing necessary laundry, but not worrying about vacuuming or putting laundry away. When it comes to cooking, consider easy ready meals and takeout meals.
Ask friends and family for help
Your family and friends may be able to help out while you are ill. This could include offering childcare or helping out with household chores. If you’ve got a partner, they may be able to step up and help. Don’t be too proud to ask for help – people may not think to offer their help unless you reach out.
Get the right financial support
If you’re likely to be ill for a long period of time, it could have a financial impact. There are many options when it comes to financial support ranging from benefits to charity support. If you were made sick or injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may even be able to hire a personal injury lawyer and claim legal compensation. You may even be able to ask your employer for financial support.
Encourage your kids to help
Unless your kids are infants, they are likely to be able to offer some help while you are ill. In fact, many kids may be more than willing to help if you tell them what to do. This could include helping to fetch you a drink or doing basic cleaning tasks for you. There may be ways in which you can turn these into games with rewards to make these tasks more fun.