“Mom, I don’t feel good!” Nothing throws a wrench in your work day like a sick child, or two or three.
Kid sick days are inevitable. But don’t fear! You don’t have to scrap your work plans for the day. You can manage an ill child and your business and rock both.
Here are some tips from mogul moms just like you:
- Wait for the sick-nap: Sick kids usually take a healthy nap or two. Jen Singer from Momma Said shares, “Schedule (your work day) around the crash. Most sick kids sleep after lunch or late afternoon. Plan phone calls for those times and leave other work for when they’re awake.”
- Television is your friend: Mogul moms agree-a sick-kid day is not the time to feel guilty about television watching. “Don’t feel guilty if you put your child in front of a movie. Let it go and work like a mad woman during the 90-minute show!” recommends, Kim Estes of Savvy Parents Safe Kids.
- Go mobile: A wireless set-up in your home (router, printer and Bluetooth) allows you to work anywhere your sick child needs you to be. “My home office is set up so I can work from anywhere in the house.” Sherry Lombardi of Hula Frog shared. “When my kids are sick, I set up shop in TV room with my laptop snuggle up with them. If they need anything, I’m there. But I can still have a productive day.”
- Let it Go: Anisha Bailey of ACBailey Tax said it well, “The key to balance is understanding what’s important-family. If your kids are OK, then the business will be OK.” Take breaks to spend just with your sick child; read a book, play a game or rest together. You’ll both feel better for it!
What are your tips for turning sick days into productive days? Tell us in the comments!