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I woke up last Tuesday and felt like I’d been hit by a truck that then backed up and ran over me again. It was awful. I couldn’t move. I had chills, fever and aches all over. I’m used to not feeling good. Because of my Hashimoto’s Thyroid issues, I am basically in a constant state of not feeling good. But this was different. I knew I was going to be of no use to anyone that day.

My husband had to go to work. He made sure the kids were fed breakfast before he left. I turned on the TV for the kids and went back to bed. We live in a small house and I could see them from my bedroom. Perfect, I thought, I can get some rest while they watch TV. For the older three, this was great, but baby girl just had to be by my side. She played on the floor with all kinds of treasures that she found in my room.

Finally, after a couple of hours of tv (don’t judge), I put baby girl in the pack and play in my room with some toys and called the three big kids back as well. I’ve had a hard time getting back on track with school since Christmas and I didn’t want to lose another day.

So this is what we did for the next hour or so.

1. Read! We’ve been reading through the Chronicles of Narnia. We are on The Horse and His Boy. My voice was fading so we only made it through a chapter.

2. Play games!

First up: SKIP BO Card Game … teaches numbers and sequencing

Next: Good Old Fashioned Uno Card Game! … teaches numbers, matching and strategy (and apparently trash talking in our house)

Last: UNO Roboto Game  … this is a fun twist on the classic game that all the kids enjoy

I then encouraged the kids to go catch up on their lego challenges for January. After that, it was snowing outside and that was way more interesting than anything school related. Plus Super Dad was home and could take the reigns while I rested.

What do you do when you are sick? Is it business as usual? Do you take the day off? Do you have a go to arsenal of activities? Comment below and share your ideas!

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2 thoughts on “Homeschooling When Mom Is Sick

  • February 4, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Our sick days are similar. Sometimes the kids watch too much TV, especially if they are sick as well. Other times we just take it easy and I use my energy for kid & school related things vs. housework.

  • February 4, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    When Mama is sick, it’s a tv day. Well for one of them. The younger one can only watch for so long til she gets restless. Give her tub of play-doh and she is good to go. I always have trouble with meals and snacks when I don’t feel well. Good thing they don’t mind cereal for supper at times 🙂


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