What are you doing with your kids while sick? I have two kids,and I've been sicker this pregnancy than I've been with any of my other pregnancies. Every time, without fail, the kids hit and cry and fight while I'm sick. It just makes it all that more miserable to hear it all. I don't know what to do with them...I haven't found any trigger to the sickness, so I don't feel like I have any way to plan ahead to make sure they are occupied. They are five years and two years old.
Moms of 3+
not a mom of 3 but I pinned this on interest a while back, hope it helps http://www.babycenter.com/0_40-ways-to-entertain-your-kids-while-lying-down_10350158.bc?scid=mbtw_post20m_3w%3A1259&pe=MlV5blFFQnwyMDExMTEwMw
They are fighting, my toddler has started screaming and not wanting to sleep, my five year old is crying ALL the time, and constantly in trouble, my ten year old... Well, she is just talk backy and such, and instigating fights with the five year old.
It makes me feel so much worse when they fight and scream. I am so scared I won't be able to deal with four kids. .
I cry a lot...
....perhaps this won't be popular, but, half an hour of television can be *MAGICAL*. Iconsider TV a tool to be used sparingly.
...I have been known to turn it on during the day for a wee bit...mostly nature channel because there can be a real uproar when I turn off Treehouse....and the kids usually will drift away from the TV after a little bit of time has passed....
that works for kids that are fairly close in age, but I'm not sure about a larger age gap? Can you send the older one for a "play date"?
Umm, on the worst days, I just turn the TV on. Soon enough (I'm starting to feel better), I'll turn it off and we'll go out and do stuff again. I also print them coloring sheets a lot (3 per day per kid) and they like to color. Legos hold their attention for a good while, maybe an hour or more. I have snacks around they can get themselves. I tend to have healthy, homemade cake and ice cream around a lot. (Cake = almond flour, sucanat, lots of eggs, no frosting.) They like this and will all sit and eat and be quiet. I also buy things like string cheese (whole milk, rBST-free) and lots of fresh fruit, more than I normally would. My 4-year-old is capable of using a butter knife to cut things for the boys and herself. Sometimes I send them outside to our fenced backyard. I also let them get out their plastic noise-making toys, which I hate...but it especially keeps the baby entertained. I let them mess up the playroom more than usual and don't always make them clean it. I let them raid the basement for "new" (read: put away) toys. My husband hates that I do these things...but I call it survival.
I think it's normally for them to fight and be mouthy when you're down for the count. On days I feel really good and I get up, turn the TV off, and get involved with them, their attitudes are totally different than when I'm lying on the couch (usually, for me, from fatigue rather than illness).