5 things to keep in mind when your child gets sick

4 Nov
  1. It never gets any easier. You worry and stress and wish that it would be you instead of them every single time.
  2. Don’t have the illusion that your kid will actually attend the first year of daycare/kindergarten/preschool. Be prepared for the following schedule: one week daycare, three weeks sick at home.
  3. Be cautious about who you invite over. The definition of ‘sick’ is not the same for everyone. Be willing to lose some of your so called friends in the process.
  4. Planning and young children are incompatible. Be flexible and prepared to change your schedule around, especially in the winter time.
  5. The timing of children getting sick is ‘impeccable’. Be prepared to cater for you sick child on the  following days: Sundays, national holidays, Christmas, New Years Eve & Easter and don’t forget the favourite time of the year, long awaited and carefully planned holidays.



4 Responses to “5 things to keep in mind when your child gets sick”

  1. expatsincebirth November 4, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

    You have a perfect timing for this post!
    This is the time of the year where you have to be very flexible with everything. Unfortunately, before Christmas, there are plenty of celebrations, schoolplays, performances etc. that need our or our children’s attendance. I tend not to confirm my or my children’s attendance until last minute. Some might think it’s rude: it’s just because I know that anything can happen before an event! (see your point 5).
    I can say that with older children things get easier. They are more indipendent also when sick: you don’t have to carry them around or really look after them 24h a day. They will even choose to stay in bed reading or listening to music.There’s hope for parents with toddlers and preschoolers 😉 (as response to your point 2).
    I’m not sure that I would prefer being sick instead of them though (point 1): if I’m sick, everything falls apart. But I understand what you mean: if they suffer, you would suffer for them, because you’re probably able to cope better with it.
    As for number 3: I have lost several friends because of their very different definition of “sick”. It’s a pitty, but I guess this is one of the main rules of a parents: to protect our children from anything that could harm them healthwise (at least when they are too small to do it themselves). – Thank you very much for posting this. I’ll get my “winter – equipement” ready (with all the vitamins etc.) and try not to overfill our schedule.

    • wonderlandbytatu November 4, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

      You are very welcome, I am glad you liked it. The German in me is having difficulties with no.4 as I love to plan ahead…anyway, these are priceless lessons on life, this is how I see it 😉

      • expatsincebirth November 4, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

        Oh yes, the german part of me also needed quite a long time to get used to this no.4… These lessons are priceless indeed 😉

  2. ramblingsfromamum November 5, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    I guess I was blessed with having kids who weren’t sick very often. The occasional cold and sniffles and the obligatory measles, chicken pox etc, but apart from that we were relatively unscathed!

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