When one of my little girls is sick, there are three options:
- She is very uncomfortable and sad.
- She is mildly uncomfortable, but she is OK resting and watching a little TV.
- She is just fine, but can’t go back to day care yet, because she might be contagious.
As a Work-at-Home Mom, this requires different responses from me:
- Option #1 requires a complete shut-down of everything work related so I can focus on helping and comforting her.
- Option #2 allows me to get some work done, maybe half-a-day all together.
- Option #3 ALSO requires a complete shut-down of everything work related so we can have fun.
My girls get excited when it is a school day and they get to stay home, especially when they feel good. They get excited when they don’t have to share Mom or Dad’s attention. They are SO ready to have fun, it is just too much for me to ask them to play by themselves or watch TV.
The options for fun are limited, though. You can’t exactly show up at the Jumpy Castle place with a kid who is home from day care because she might be contagious.
Hikes are perfect for days like this. Spreading germs is unlikely in the wide open outdoors and fresh air feels especially good to someone who has been sick and stuck at home.
The picture is from a Sick-Day-Hike Sparkles and I took a few weeks ago. I kept the hike short, since she didn’t have a lot of energy. We talked and giggled and held hands. We ate a picnic lunch. She fell asleep on the way home. Then I got some work done.
I think even a medical doctor would say that a Sick-Day-Hike is pretty good medicine.
Find more information about Bull Creek on Austin Kids Hike, this story is from Trail Head #1.