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The holiday season is behind us, but there are many more days of winter ahead. Somehow it seems like this time of year is when more people end up taking a sick day or more.
Whether it is being in close quarters during cold weather or something else, this seems to be the pattern year after year for many people. Even with boys who homeschool, this is something I see in my family as well.
Preparing for Germ Season
For my family, there are some preparations that are continual. This includes reminding certain boys about how their choices today can impact their reality tomorrow.
This sometimes includes me having to ‘be the mom’ and remind them about washing hands, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables each day, drinking more water than other things, and getting plenty of rest.
With teenaged boys and a wannabe teenager (who’s only 8!) in my house, this can be a constant struggle.
They constantly tell me that “they know” all those things, yet somehow fail to always do them.
When several friends, family members and co-workers began catching some of those ‘bugs’ around the holidays, I upped my mom game of reminders. However, I know it will only go so far before someone would come down with something this winter.
With that in mind, I decided to do the mom thing I do well….stocking the pantry and prepping for those days when people are mostly lounging around the house feeling miserable.
Sick Day Solutions: Stocking the Pantry
When it comes to being prepared for “germ season” this winter, I like to have a well-stocked pantry. After all, you can not predict when things will hit!
There is nothing like trying to run those errands when you really just need to be at home. Worse yet is when so many other people are trying to buy the same things that the stores run out.
I’m seeing this more since we landed in Colorado. Driving all over the greater Denver area for those must-have items is not my idea of fun. Knowing that a little preparation is a good thing, I headed to our nearby King Soopers to stock up.
Items I grabbed for a Well-Stocked Cabinet include:
Campbell’s® Chicken Noodle Soup 4 Pack (Because 1 can is not enough!)
Original Premium Saltine Crackers
Lipton Soothe Your Tummy Herbal Supplement
Lipton Bedtime Bliss Herbal Supplement
Theraflu ExpressMax Severe Cold & Flu Caplets
Children’s TYLENOL® + Cold Multi-Symptom Grape 4oz
Why I Picked These Items for Sick Day Solutions
For generations, moms have turned to Campbell’s® Condensed Soup to soothe and comfort their family. My whole family loves to warm up a bowl of soup on a cold day or when we are feeling under the weather. As much as we adore a bowl of tomato soup to warm up, our favorite option for when we are sick is the Chicken Noodle Soup.
Lipton’s new wellness teas feature carefully selected botanicals are blended with essential oils that make every cup delicious. I love essential oils in my daily life (and get that diffuser going on a regular basis) and was intrigued by this new line of teas.
The Soothe Your Tummy tea features ginger, peppermint and fennel to help during those times your tummy feels less than its best.* I’ve used peppermint tea on its own for soothing my tummy and wanted to see how adding ginger and fennel might help even more. And, the Bedtime Bliss tea features chamomile, mint and orange peel. To me, that blend sounds heavenly for those nights where I am having a hard time relaxing to sleep.
When it comes to helping ease the symptoms of colds and flu, I like to have options in the house. The TheraFlu ExpressMax Severe Cold & Flu helps with a sore throat, nasal congestion, chest congestion, fever, cough, headache, body aches. And, for my youngest son, I picked Children’s TYLENOL® Cold – Multi-symptom cold and flu relief with their history of being the #1 selling brand of pediatric pain reliever & fever reducer. Those viruses may still need to run their course while your body combats them, but having over the counter symptom relief is a blessing.
Sick Day Solutions: Build an Activity Box
For our family, when illness strikes it seems like you have little that you want to do as you allow your body to fight the germs. While you may need more sleep, there are still plenty of hours in the day when the boys could get bored and need an activity to occupy their time.
I decided I’d build a small activity box which includes some ‘coupons’ for things like screen time. I’m all for resting, but staring at the TV for 12+ hours isn’t the best option either.
What goes into the activity box?
Books that the boys love
A Kindle with more books and some games on it
Cards to play solitaire or games with another person
Coloring books or pages plus colored pencils
I also have “Germ Day Coupons” that I made up and will put in the box. Clicking on the image below will take you to the file to download.
I made the printable file for readers to download with a page of blank cards that can be customized. Other ones have things like picking a show to watch, having Mom or Dad rub their back, or even getting some time with a parent to play a game or read a book.
Being sick is never fun. But, a little preparation can go a long way to making the process easier to navigate.
Campbell’s® – © 2018 CSC LP Lipton – © 2018 Unilever Theraflu – Read and follow label directions. Theraflu is for use in adults 12 years and older. Use products only as directed. TYLENOL® – ®Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. 2017. Use products only as directed. The makers of TYLENOL® remind you to use only one medicine with acetaminophen at a time.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent disease.