Laughter Is the Best Medicine

maggie's sick bed

It’s only November and we have already logged some sick days.  When the kids are home sick I try to encourage them to sleep as much as possible but often that ends up backfiring on me and they wake up at around midnight ready for the day.  So more often we spend a lot of time watching movies and staying hydrated.  I like to sit with the sick child – if you think I am a helicopter parent when the kids are well, then I am a stealth drone mama when they are sick.  I’m a hoverer.  Listening for coughs that don’t sound right, and ready to thrust a bucket under the patient’s chin with my cat-like reflexes.  This is the only time that I have these coordination skills by the way.  I haven’t figured out where to work this skill into my LinkedIn profile yet.

So if I am going to be doing all this sitting around and TV watching I am always grateful when I can steer them toward something I will enjoy watching too.  Extreme bonus points if it is funny and will distract my little sicko and dial down my anxiety 64 notches.

One of Molly’s and my favourites is Mr. Popper’s Penguins.  We love this movie and I don’t think either of us would turn away a box of penguins.  The names are my favourite:  Lovey, Bitey, Loudy, Captain, Stinky, and Nimrod.  I actually wish I knew about these names before I named my children.  Probably best that I didn’t.

Do you let your kids watch TV when they are sick?  Here are some great suggestions on Netflix to make the next sick day a little brighter.  Laughter really is the best medicine.  Actually Buckley’s is.  And I love a good Z pack.  But then the laughing.

Don’t tell the kids, but I actually enjoy when one of them is home sick, when they are just sick enough to not be able to go to school, but not so sick that I am googling exotic diseases or pulling out the rug shampooer.  With 3 kids it is not often that there is an excuse to just slow down and hang out one on one.  We both end up feeling happier and healthier at the end of the day.

Disclaimer:  I am a part of the Netflix Canada #StreamTeam and I receive product and a subscription to Netflix in exchange for watching TV writing about the service.  My opinions are always my own.


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