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Winter homeschooling can be so cozy! I love those wintry afternoons when we are all snuggled up under a blanket, in front of the fire, engrossed in our latest read aloud. We adore snowy hikes and hot cocoa and spending time completing puzzles and playing games in front of our woodstove.
But, alas, winter homeschooling also means one other thing, and it’s not nearly as hygge. I’m talking about homeschool sick days, and specifically how to prep for homeschool sick days.
I am lucky in that my children have pretty hardy immune systems. They rarely go down, but when they do go down they go down like a ton of bricks!
We have had our fair share of homeschool sick days over the years… and today, I want to talk about how to prepare for homeschool sick days!
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And that’s where TYLENOL® and Walgreens come into play!
How to Prep For Homeschool Sick Days
Don’t wait until illness strikes, be prepared for those homeschool sick days!
Oh my word, you guys. I could tell you so many sick day stories!
I could tell you about the time I had a newborn baby, a sick toddler, and a roaring case of mastitis… on Thanksgiving morning. Boy, was I thankful for a 24-hour Walgreens, TYLENOL®, and a helpful husband on that particular day!
I could tell you about the time my kids got a GI bug with raging fevers and head lice the week before a very important wedding… on a day my husband was stuck at work. On that particular day, we were thankful not only for TYLENOL® and Walgreens but also for good friends! (Do you want to know who your true friends are? Ask them to run that errand for you!)
I could tell you about the time I had to bring not one, not two, but three croupy kids into Walgreens way past bedtime to pick up meds because my husband was working late.
(Sidenote: Why do kids always go down when your husband is working late or on a weekend he’s working? Every. Single. Time.)
I could tell you about the time I had a super sick kiddo in the car with me- during a snowstorm- and the pharmacist at Walgreens let me purchase TYLENOL® at the window in addition to our prescription.
I could tell you about the time I was prepping for this very article when my sweet girl went down for the count.
(You can’t make this stuff up! But at least I was prepared and had TYLENOL® and cough drops on hand this time!)
The sweet souls at our local Walgreens have seen us on our very worst days.
I mean, the absolute worst-of-the-worst days.
I walk in feeling like a mess of a mom, usually with my clingy under-the-weather kiddos. Because they aren’t feeling well, they aren’t the quietest of children (all the moms out there know exactly what I am talking about). And because they aren’t quiet, and because sick kids break my heart, I can’t think clearly.
On those days- actually, let’s be honest- it’s usually those nights- I am scrambling and frazzled. I want to find what I need, grab it, go home, make my babies more comfortable, and get them tucked into bed.
Usually, I can find what I need no problem…
But on the occasions that I am unable to find what I need, or on those occasions when I’ve come straight to Walgreens from the pediatrician’s office and need to wait a few minutes, I always feel cared for. The pharmacists know our family and they are always super sweet and understanding.
Even though it’s a cruddy day, I always walk out feeling calmer with everything I need.
But, let’s be completely honest here…
No matter how much we love the fine people at Walgreens, no one loves being there at the eleventh hour with sick babies in tow. And that’s why I’ve learned to prepare for homeschool sick days.
How to prepare for homeschool sick days: First step- TYLENOL®
Don’t wait for winter illness to hit, homeschool mamas! Once the days start to get shorter, I start making regular batches of elderberry syrup…. and I also assess the state of our medicine cabinet (so that I avoid being frazzled at Walgreens in the middle of the night).
Do I have honey and throat lozenges?
Am I well stocked on favorite essential oils to help soothe kiddos on croupy nights?
Do I have a bottle of TYLENOL® in the cabinet?
I don’t know about you guys, but TYLENOL® is a brand that I trust and I love that I can get Mom’s #1 favorite sick day resource dye-free.
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Whenever a kiddo has a fever and is super uncomfortable, I rely on TYLENOL® to keep those aches and pains at bay. TYLENOL® starts reducing fevers in as little as 15-20 minutes. (Please use as directed.)
My sweet girl was comforted by TYLENOL® and nonstop CuriosityStream.
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More homeschool sick day tips’n’tricks…
I say this all the time, but CuriosityStream is the best $2.99 I spend each month… but it is an absolute lifesaver on a sick day. Snuggle up and learn something new together!
- Educational Subscription Boxes–
I like to have a back pocket plan for those under-the-weather days. I hide a couple of subscription boxes in the basement for those cruddy days. I’m always thankful that I planned ahead!
Yes, of course, I was going to go there. Gameschooling is also a lifesaver on sick days!
When in doubt, read aloud. It is calming and it cuts down on sickie sibling bickering!
Now, it’s your turn. Tell me: How do you prep for homeschool sick days? Share your story here!
Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
Cait is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, Scary Mommy, GeekMom, and many others. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram
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