How to beat the sick blues -CLOSED!


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How to beat the sick blues

Well, it is the season (sick season)! Not our favorite time of year.

My son got sick a few weeks ago. It seemed like one day he was running around, laughing and playing without a care in the world, until the next day… The next day he coughed all day and all night. His nose was running and then it was stuffy. He was hot and then he was cold. But worst of all, all of his willful joy and smiles seemed to have washed away as quickly as the sickness set in. We started following these tips on dealing with the cold and flu season, that I mentioned a few weeks ago. He eventually felt ready to get up and off of the couch so we tried to sit at the table and start a craft or two.


First I checked in his backpack because I remembered that his teacher mentioned that she sent home some extra crafting projects to do if he wanted. Inside I found some construction paper with lots of ripped up pieces in a bag. The construction paper had some markings that made it look like an owl because he was learning about the letter “O”. I got some glue and he went to town. He knew where to put the feathers, the eyes, and the nose. He worked pretty quickly on the project so we decided to continue the idea of gluing things on paper. Next, I told him to make a tree with leaves. He started using the ripped brown pieces of paper to make leaves. Then he asked for some cereal to glue on the ground of the picture. We spent a lot of time having fun making new creations that day. Crafting really does make it all better!

How to beat the sick blues
One thing that helped us through the few days of cold like symptoms was Children’s Mucinex Multi-Symptom Cold. We tried the berry flavor and the first thing he said afterwards was that it tasted like soda. He is not usually very good at drinking medicines but he did not have trouble with this one. I feel like he was able to sleep better at night after taking it.


Children’s Mucinex Multi-Symptom Cold 
When your child has a bad cold, you both can feel miserable. Children’s Mucinex is the #1 children’s brand for relieving congestion* and provides fast acting relief from your child’s worst cold symptoms. Try Children’s Mucinex Multi-Symptom Cold if your child needs relief from stuffy nose and chest congestion. Always use Children’s Mucinex Multi-Symptom Cold as directed. (*Based on IRI unit share data for the 52 weeks ending November 2012) 


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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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141 comments on “How to beat the sick blues -CLOSED!”

  1. Getting to watch a movie is always great!

  2. OK so I don’t have a kid (YET- I’m pregnant with our first!!) but when I’M sick (like…um…right now!) snuggling in bed with my dog, hubby & some grey’s anatomy on the iPad is my favorite way to cheer me up :)

  3. Snuggling is always #1 on my list when one of my kids is sick!

  4. We are big fans of the “sick tent” in the livingroom, made of blankets and pillows.

  5. Coloring and watching a movie are two favorites!

  6. My kids enjoy coloring together or enjoying a nice hot bowl of chicken noodle soup when they aren’t feeling well.

  7. Extra love and attention always works! And TV of course. ;)

  8. Watching Sesame Street always helps!!

  9. My girls like to craft too when sick. Last time we made homemade playdough and smushed things into it. :)

  10. My daughter loves doing puzzles!

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  11. My son would watch a movie or play with Lego’s.

  12. I think that the snuggling and watching a great movie with my kids makes them happy when they aren’t feeling well.

  13. My kids love me bringing them popscicles while they snuggle watching movies!

  14. We absolutely LOVE watching movies, snuggling, eating some yummy homemade chicken noodle soup – and endless blankets and pillows to make being sick as comfy as possible!

  15. Snuggles!!

  16. My babies like me to just hold them!

  17. Watching their favorite cartoons

  18. Reading books – lots of them – always brings smiles at our house.

  19. My son loves to have his pillow on my lap.I read a good book and rub his back while he enjoys his shows.

  20. My son just wanted to sleep and eat a big bowl of my macaroni and tuna fish.

  21. Fuzzy socks, comfy couch and a soft blanket with a great cartoon or movie on hand always helps!

  22. My boys love to cuddle in Mommy’s bed and read books with me when they are sick. It makes for precious memories for everybody :)

  23. My boys love to watch Cars while playing with their cars when they are sick

  24. Icecream makes my girls smile when they are sick :-)

  25. My kids llike watching movies and building Legos.

  26. When my kids are under the weather they love some decaf tea, their backs tickled or rubbed or their hair brushed. It really relaxes them.

  27. Movie marathon on the couch in our jammies!

  28. I make the couch up like a bed with their favorite blanket, then get stacks of books to read to then usually I will put a movie on and cuddle up with them and take a rest.

  29. Snuggling with their favorite blankie and a movie

  30. Lots of snuggles! :)

    chambanachik at gmail dot com

  31. Wrapping up in nice warm quilts.

  32. Snuggles and movie watching.

  33. my kids mostly get sick in the winter. mine like bringing their pillows to the couch and having hot chocolate or apple cider if their stomaches are uo to it!

  34. Watching a movie and napping on the couch!

  35. Somehow ice cream & cartoons make everything a bit better :)

  36. Reading his favorite books!

  37. snuggles and a movie!

  38. Watching a fun movie.

  39. Playing video games together always works.

  40. I bring out her pillow and blanket and make a pallet on the couch. She gets to watch movies and I make hot tea and soup. She loves being pampered! (She’s 15 and loves me babying her and it makes me feel great too!)

  41. Cuddling, popsicles and cartoons!

  42. Depending on the type of sickness, my children would like to color or do puzzles and games. Of course they would also get special treats like Coke or Gingerale and Ice Cream which would make them feel better.

  43. My daughter loves to color even when she is sick.

  44. Cartoons and grilled cheese

  45. Curling up with me under a blanket.

  46. My kids love it when I cuddle up with them and watch a movie when they are sick.

  47. my kids like super fruit smoothies, good for them and it feels like a treat!

  48. No children of my own yet, but when I take care of myself (or my mom who got sick last Thanksgiving :() we love to watch old I Love Lucy episodes. Got them all on DVD, perfect way to cheer anyone up!

  49. Cuddling!

  50. Snuggling while sipping tea and watching movies.

  51. Lots of snuggles while laying on the couch watching a movie and sometimes a little ice cream doesn’t hurt either

  52. I don’t have kids, but my little sisters like to skype me at college when they are sick!

  53. My kids like to rest on our couch with lots of pillows and blankets and cuddle with me while watching movies together. Thanks so much.

  54. Staying in their Jammie’s all day and watching movies in mommy’s bed. :)

  55. My son seems to really perk up when playing with Play Doh and Moon Sand! Its odd but it seems to help him feel better.

  56. frozen yogurt – I always get them their favorite flavor at the yogurt store and they love it! (and perfect for those sore throats)
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  57. Getting special mommy attention,playing music, reading books, eating in bed and extra sleep!

  58. My son is almost 2, so when we are sick, we get a few special treats and cozy in for a Curious George marathon with the humidifier running and cough syrup aplenty! Hopefully everyone is healthy and well, though :) Thank you!!

  59. My son loves playing with arts and crafts.

  60. Getting a surprise!

  61. Peek-a-boo always gets a smile :)

  62. my daughter loves to read a nice book, especially if its a pop upone!

  63. Lots and lots of snuggling, holding and hugging.
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

  64. Favorite activity?? Snuggles on the couch and watching Bubble Guppies! :)

  65. Well I am a Grandma, but let me tell you I wish I would of taken more time to play with and enjoy my children like I do my Grandchildren. All you have to do is come to Grandmas house to let loose and have fun. I have taken several craft Ideas from all of you and your cute board posts, and when my Grandchildren come there is always something new to create and do. Thanks to you!!!

  66. Sadly, this is going on right now with my ear-infected little guy–a foot rub and a movie.

  67. They love coloring or watching cartoons.

  68. Snuggling while watching a favorite movie is the best for my boy!

  69. Tomato soup and cheddar cheese bread!

  70. I just want to snuggle and baby my sick kiddos!

  71. Snuggling and watching a movie together.

  72. my kids like the chance to hang out in my bed all day and relax watching tv

  73. painting or paper crafting

  74. snuggling on the couch with mommy or daddy & watching cars.

  75. Snuggling and watching a movie…

  76. she loves to watch a movie a snuggled up on the couch!

  77. he’s only 3 months but he loves to fly “airplane”!

  78. Curious George movies!

  79. Watching Scooby Doo!

  80. As a kid , my mom had a light bright for my brother and I when we were sick. It was the only toy we had that we could not play with any other time. So this past year, I was visiting with my mom and she gave me the light bright that amazingly still works and its now the special toy my son gets to play with when he is sick.

  81. Watching movies always helps!

  82. We love to watch movies, read and play the ipad

  83. watching movies all day

  84. my kids love watching home movies when they are sick

  85. Oh Carter always loves when I read books to him when he is not feeling well! Always his favorite!
    landfjacobson @

  86. Talking about the time Daddy pooted really loud at a wedding!! That always makes them giggle!

  87. Reading books with me (or listening to me read)! Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!

  88. Rest and watch tv

  89. My son loves playing with his LEGOs. :)

  90. Watching a funny movie.

  91. eating frozen yogurt!
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  92. Sometimes we’d get out a jigsaw puzzle and work on it together.

  93. My son loves to cuddle with me and his favorite blanket while watching his favorite movies when he is feeling under the weather.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 @ gmail dot com

  94. Popsicles make her smile.

  95. my son likes to take a bath or have me read to him.

  96. My son likes watching funny videos when he is sick.

  97. I don’t have any kids yet. Expecting my first in about a month! But I always liked being sick when I was little. The extra pampering I got from Mom was just great!

  98. Stephanie Larison Reply

    Playing some of her fave video games

  99. Getting comfy and snuggling on the couch while watching their favorite tv shows :)

  100. Watching Dora makes my son happy when he’s sick.

  101. My toddler only wants snuggles, watching Caillou & popsicles.

  102. When my kids are sick I can always make them smile by cuddling with them on the couch and watching Americas funniest child videos!

  103. Snuggling and a good movie!!

  104. playing on the ipad
    Thanks! Janna JOhnson janna@feedyourpig on gfc

  105. My kids like to watch cartoons.

  106. watching the tv

  107. We usually put in movies since they normally don’t get to watch them. Leaving TV and movies for special times only makes it so they really enjoy watching it when the opportunity comes along.

  108. For my little cousin it’s tv or making storybooks. I kinda appreciate the fact that she’s less hyper when she’s not feeling well.

  109. baking in the kitchen always put a smile on my kids faces when they are under the weather. Comes to think of it, it helps me too.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  110. Watching a favorite Disney movie! :)

  111. Watching movies and playing with dads tablet. Keeps them happy and resting

    njharmonyg at aol dot com

  112. no kids but I used to love it when my mom would play CandyLand with me or any of my other board games!

  113. Snuggles and sherbet ice cream always does the trick.

    seanm 1999 at hotmail dot com

  114. scrabble

  115. No kids. I sleep as much as possible, drink lots of water and hot herbal tea and use essential oils.

    Thanks for the contest.

  116. my nephew loves netflix

  117. We like to sit with our puppies and watch a movie.

  118. My girl likes to lay around and watch the wizard of oz when she’s sick.

  119. My kids like to snuggle and watch movies.

  120. We play board games!


  122. A warm bath & Hot Chicken Noodle Soup. kari_944(at)yahoo(dot)com

  123. My daughter loves a good art project, something like a glue collage you all did.

  124. coloring books/sticker books & watching TV in bed!!

  125. making a pillow or blanket fort on the bed

  126. She likes a bowl of ice cream

  127. we like to watch funny movies togehter

  128. My daughter loves to do activity books and watch movies

  129. Plastic canvas crafts.

  130. watching children’s TV in my bed

  131. Cuddling, watching movies and having ice cream :)

  132. Pokemon videos or drawing comic strips.

  133. ice cream and disney movies


  134. Lots and lots of reading aloud is always a hit here!
    Katharina angelsandmusic[at]gmail[dot]com

  135. coloring and watching tv

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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