Two sick, irritable and clingy kids in each arm does not make for a fun way to spend your day. Thankfully, they are well now but it got me thinking, I had not gotten around to having a “disaster plan” in terms of how to handle the inevitable occurrences of kids falling ill. Murphy’s Law is a constant: Things will go wrong at the worst possible time.
So here are a few things I would be putting in place to make sure life flows better the next time the thermometer dials up to 103.
1. Change My Mindset
Mind over matter for sure. I have decided not to see their sniffles and illnesses that kids invariably have particularly during the allergy season as my failure. I will simply roll up my sleeves and go with the flow.
2. Plan Ahead
The procrastinator in me waits till the very last-minute to get some things done. That has to change. Who knows what tomorrow brings? So things like pre-planning a week’s worth of dinner menu, scheduling bill payments online and even scheduling blog posts ahead are a few things I will be doing.
3. Back-ups and Networks
Just like you should back up any data storing device, you should have your back up person or your back up plan for emergency child care. I will be exploring my network of mom friends who might be willing to trade child care on a short notice as need arises.
4. Seek Medical Care Early
An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.
Most childhood illnesses are caused by viruses. For these, you just give some TLC(Tender Loving Care) and wait it out. Illnesses like ear infections or strep throat usually require treatment with antibiotics which started early makes for a speedy recovery. Did I mention that I will be having the doctor’s office phone number on speed dial?
I am eager to hear how folks handle the disruption that comes with a child taking ill.