It’s true that fall brings more than cooler temperatures and pumpkin spice lattes—it also brings more time indoors and more shared germs.
I find dealing with a sick child to be one of the toughest parts of parenting.
Your heart aches to see them suffer.
You do everything you can to help them get better and feel more comfortable, but it never feels like enough.
You struggle with last-minute work rescheduling and babysitting switcheroos so that you can stay home with your kid.
You spend hours sanitizing your house in the hopes that you, your partner, and your other children don’t catch the virus—and yet your efforts are rarely successful.
Here’s the good news: In all the dreadfulness that is childhood illness, there are some unexpected benefits the moment your kid feels like himself again.
5 Unexpected Perks on the Day Your Sick Kid Gets Better Tweet this!
1. You delight in their crazy energy.
The running around in circles, the screaming at the top of their lungs, the total inability to wind down at bedtime—these things normally frustrate you to no end. But after an illness that left them weak and lethargic, you’re so thankful to see them energetic that it doesn’t bother you one bit!
2. They actually eat everything you put in front of them.
For that first day or two when your sick kid gets better, you don’t have to worry about plates left untouched or bowls of hot food turned cold. Your child was without much of an appetite for a bit, and when it returns it usually does so with a vengeance!
3. Bathroom duty doesn’t seem so bad.
After a few days of cleaning up vomit and diarrhea (just calling it like it is), handling dirty diapers or wiping a potty-training toddler is no biggie because at least it’s normal.
4. Your pants fit better.
Why? Because you’re not walking around with 957,869 tissues stuffed in the pockets—some used, some not—for catching a runny nose on the fly.
5. You get a break from Google.
When dealing with a sick kid, parents tend to spend an inordinate amount of time Googling symptoms and reading website after website that diagnoses your child’s cold as some rare, life-threatening disease. The day your kid gets better? You are released from search-engine prison.
When was the last time your kid was sick? What was your favorite part about the day he/she got better?
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