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We have children in three different school buildings this year. We are doomed: we will get every single illness that goes around.
When one of the kids is sick enough to stay home from school, I build the child a "nest": the child can choose the couch or the recliner, and I bring out pillows and throws, stuffed animals and favorite blankies. A congested child gets a vaporizer nearby. A barfy child gets a bucket. Anyone can have a cat delivered to them, though it's up to the cat if the cat will stay.
The child gets to choose what's on TV, and can watch it all day long if he or she wants to. Or I can bring the child books, or clipboards with paper to color on, or handheld video games. And I bought one of those knitting spool things (the kind that lets the child can knit a long, useless rope), and we bring that out only for sick kids.
Usual meals are abandoned: barfy children get saltines, toast, rice cereal, bananas, applesauce; non-barfy children can have anything that appeals, which is usually graham crackers, cinnamon toast, saltines. Children who are not barfing can have as much juice as they want instead of the usual "one cup per day" limit, and children who ARE barfing can make frequent requests for small amounts of juice or water or even soda.
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