I’ve always felt that the hardest thing about being a mother is getting sick. Whether you are a stay at home mom or a full time working mother, being a mother is a 24-7 job. And usually, when you’re sick, your kids are sick too. So when other people can just call out sick from work and spend the day resting in bed, mothers not only don’t get to “call out” but they also then have to struggle through one of the most difficult days on the job.
The past couple of weeks have been pretty rough around our house. I’m convinced there were two separate colds that traveled from person to person. The kids weren’t quite as sick as I was. In fact, Benjamin only missed one day of Kindergarten.
Fortunately, a box of Dr. Cocoa arrived at our house to try out in the midst of these colds. It had been a huge struggle getting the kids to take cold medicine. Especially when they would wake up coughing in the middle of the night, they seemed to be especially stubborn and picky. Now I’m not a huge fan of bribing your kids to do things, but when it’s 4 am and they are sick, you feel like you’d do anything to get them to take their medicine. This includes promises of special treats or activities the next day.