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Moms Don’t Get Sick Leave: How To Survive

By Fredrica Syren:

After our family’s relatively healthy fall and winter, my husband and I had just commented on how lucky we have been. Yes, I know: that was a jinx. Before I knew it, one by one, all three kids got sick. Oh, so much fun!!! After spending a week wiping lots of little noses, taking lots of midnight temperatures, distributing round-the-clock doses of medication and getting little sleep, my body finally gave up. I succumbed to a cold, complete with fever and achy body.  At the back of my mind were the words: No, no, it’s nothing. I’m not sick.

As a stay-at-home (and work-from-home) mom, getting sick is not an option because moms can’t call in sick. I mom post getting sickmean, I really wish I had a super power that allowed me to freeze everything until I was well again, but all I could do was pull myself up and do what I always do — feed and dress the kids, and drop some off and pick some up from school. And I need to clean house, make lunches, snacks and dinners every day, rain or shine — or sick.

I have to admit that I’m getting irrationally jealous sometimes of people (AND husbands) who can just take sick days to rest and recover. In a perfect world, we moms would be able to call in sick, and just lie in bed sipping warm tea and sleeping. But in this imperfect world, I do what I can and take what I can. In my case, I would have my husband shuffle meetings at work or go into work just an hour later or come home little earlier. But most of the time, this is not realistic, so I have to get very creative.Mom out sick

-I put out snacks that need little preparation so older kids can help themselves.

-I camp out on the floor with pillows and a blanket so kids can climb over me and I don’t have to be up running around.

-When I’m sick, I forget the “zero screen time” and let kids watch a movie.

-I try to get hubby to prep a simple lunch such as soup before or after work. I give myself a break and decide it’s ok to have frozen veggie burgers for dinner.

-The most important tip is to let go of vacuuming, picking up, doing the dishes and anything else that really can wait.

-I try taking good care of myself by eating healing soups and juices, taking probiotics and, whenever the opportunity does appear, I do nap — even if it’s a cat nap.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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