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#1 of 7 Old 10-22-2008, 04:02 PM - Thread Starter
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DD has been sick so much lately. She will not nap-ever. Sick or healthy. She is 3 y/o. She feels too rotten and it's too cold to be outside right now. We've read books, done puzzles, drew pictures, a nice long bath, made cookies. I'm out of ideas. All she wants to do is watch t.v. and I'm letting her now. I don't know what else to do to keep her occupied while she is sick and needs to rest. Ideas, please!!!
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#2 of 7 Old 10-22-2008, 04:08 PM
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This really interests me, b/c I would LOVE to tv-free my home but this is one of my major cons. My kids have rough winters with lots of illness and down time, and I have no idea how to work around that without a tv!
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If you don't have a TV, then watching TV isn't an option. We didn't have a TV growing up, so when we were sick we'd read books or play with inside toys and stuff. We didn't get sick much though, so it's hard to remember. I do remember getting read to a lot when we were all down with pneumonia one year (in August).

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I also have a 3 year old non-napper. We have no tv in the house, so it's just not an option, that really helps. When she was sick last week, she played Play-Doh, snuggled with me, read books until my voice started to go, and was tired enough to just lay on the couch and watch her baby brother crawl around on the floor for awhile. I put her in the stroller for a long walk, and we sat outside and blew bubbles when she felt up to it.
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Now that DS is 4+ I'll let him mope with a movie (on the computer, since we don't own a TV) if he is really sick. But I don't let it happen all day.

The other things he likes to do when sick... draw, listen to books on CD, have mama read, nurse, go play dough, just piddle around I guess. We spend so much time outdoors on a normal basis, that sick days inside seem novel and he get into his toys/ dolls.

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we put a high pile of books and kids magazines by his bed (usually most of his books and magazines ) which he loves, the high pile looks promising and he usually goes trough the day looking at them (he doesnt read). That, and drawing.
i remember being a child myself and in bed, and how my fantasy worked. it was a time to think lots of things! even when i was little. i think being in bed is a great opportunity to be quiet in the outside and the inside. it's a good idea to not look at kids in bed like they have to be entertained, but to allow that kind of quieter time for the whole family and the kind of activities that come from that. Several times ds has said that he wish he was sick because he likes how everyone is extra warm with him, he can eat in bed, look at endless books and just be cozy. that should be a lovely memory to treasure
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Sick days are my "rules out the window" days. I usually just set up the sick kid with books, tea and music, reading to them if needed, but by the afternoon I usually give in and turn on a movie. Sometimes I even go rent one they haven't seen. Part of it is memories of my own childhood and how being able to zone out on a movie made being sick slightly more bearable. I'm not a fan of zoning out every day, but when you're sick or in pain, I think it's a reasonable option.

I hope she's feeling better soon!

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