Surviving Sick Days – Part 1

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I am so excited to announce a fun 3 part series with Children’s Mucinex! I am going to share some fun crafts, activities, and ideas to do with your little ones on a sick day. We usually try to post very active and involved projects but sick days are a bit different because the kids need to rest which poses some difficulty! This series will hopefully give you lots of inspiration to keep your kiddos smiling and entertained even when they are sick.

Not only that, we’ll also have a giveaway for each part of the series as well! Inspiration AND a chance at a gift card for my readers is icing on the cake!

We try VERY hard to stay our healthiest around here especially during cold and flu season! Hand washing, hand sanitizer for school (the petri dish of germs), green smoothies (smoothies with lots of fresh fruit and veggies), eating un-processed healthy food, staying active, and trying to get plenty of rest during those busy times of the year!

Unfortunately even with the best of intentions they still get sick from time to time. In fact I had one home last week and one home sick as I write this! How’s that for timely.

As a parent the only thing you want when your children are sick is for them to feel better and show signs that they are back to their normal, busy selves. I don’t use medicine often but my kids have a history of intense ear infections in one boy and pneumonia in the other. So if they do seem to be going down the road of severe congestion or the flu I do find a medication that works best for all of us. I actually had this bottle of Children’s Mucinex before we started this partnership. It’s a brand I personally use for my kids. It’s what works for us to relieve some of the symptoms of the cold or flu. Plus the mucus guy on the label always gets a smile. Especially when we make him talk to get them to take the medicine (you are SO not getting a video of that)

The temprorary relief from the symptoms they get from taking Children’s Mucinex allows them some time to put a smile back on their face and do some of our sick day activities.


Children’s Mucinex Multi-Symptom Cold is offering you a $2.00 off coupon to use on your next purchase!


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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Allison Waken is a wife, mom of boys and Phoenix, AZ native. She has been creating inspiring content for All for the Boys since 2011. Allison loves travel, movies and spending as much time as possible with her family while she can!


  1. Homemade play dough with essential oils. They have a blast sitting up to the table playing and its super cheap so I don't feel guilty throwing it all away when they are done with it.

  2. My boys and I play LOTS of games when they are sick. If they're up for it, usually we go through Cnadyland, Chutes & Ladders, & Busytown. If they're too wiped out, computer/video games definitely help keep them distracted from feeling so badly.

  3. Reading books in super silly voices or just snuggling on the couch watching one of his favorite movies.

  4. Usually snuggles and playing Go Fish! help bring a smile but really my boys would just like to cuddle and watch a movie when they are sick.

  5. My daughter likes watching Nick Jr. when she’s under the weather.

  6. My kids always want to snuggle in Mommy and Daddy's bed and watch a movie.

  7. I have a sock puppet that speaks in Japanese to my kids. It always makes them smile, even when in tears of pain.

  8. When my kids are sick I usually give them a new coloring book, so we can color together or play Tic Tac Toe.
    These activities always make them smile.

  9. Although we generally try to limit the amount of tv my kids watch, when they are really sick we indulge. My six year old sons favorite movie is Land Before Time and anymore the only time I let him watch it is when he's sick. I've actually heard my kids say, "Yay! I'm sick! I get to watch tv today!" Not an activity really, but I don't seem to have much energy for anything creative when they are down.

  10. My little one loves reading his favorite books and it always brings a smile to his face ~ even when he's not feeling so good.

  11. Laurie Brooks Reply

    Missing school makes them smile! We enjoy games and TV time. We also like Mucinex!

  12. My kids love cuddling with their favorite blankies and extra cushions when their sick. Of course, all of the extra attention doesn't hurt!

  13. My youngest is happier when I cuddle up with her and watch a movie or two.

  14. When one of my boys is sick, we set him up on the couch with all his blankets & pillows, and pamper him with meals served on a tray. They enjoys getting to indulge in a little extra TV time (especially when the other brother is at school and he doesn't have to negotiate which show to watch!), and of course extra snuggles from mom & dad.

  15. My boys love 'star soup' – basically broth with garlic and tiny pasta stars – sitting on the couch watching spongebob and eating star soup is their pick-me-up!

  16. Snuggling up in mommy & daddy's bed & I usually turn the bed into a tent, star treatment! I also have a box of goodies that they ONLY get to pick from on special occasions (sick being one of them), several toys, games, books that very in "energy expenditure." This always brings a smile to their face!!! They also get to eat/drink in mommy & daddy's bed with the "special straw" (it's just a swirly straw). This is the only time they get to blow bubbles in the house :). I have a basket with coloring books, crayons, stickers, paper, pencils etc. only for sick days (they have plenty of art supplies in their playroom for other times). & I own a daycare so I have a ton of muffin tin games & magnetic cookie sheet games they LOVE to play.

  17. We have activity buckets that come out when there are stickies. Sometimes the sick ones participate, sometimes they just watch and sometimes they zone in front of the television. But the buckets help keep everyone else happy and mellow so the sick ones can recover.

  18. jennifer banando Reply

    On sick days we cuddle on the couch under cozy blankets, drink hot tea, and watch Tinkerbell incessantly. And doze at will 🙂

  19. Watching TV, playing on the computer, and reading books. Sometimes a few games if they're not too sick.

  20. My son doesn't get sick much, thankful for that. But when he gets sick, we normally cuddle up and watch some movies — that seems to help him go through his sick day(s) faster. Thank you for this giveaway.

  21. New apps on the iPad! I will snuggle with them and look for age appropriate free apps!

  22. A mug of hot chocolate (lots of marshmallows), Pocky, and a new Puzzle Buzz or Kiwi Crate that I've kept stashed.

  23. With three boys, they love it when mommy can focus on them only when they're sick

  24. Fun post! In our house we love to watch cartoons, color and play cards!

  25. Susan Smith Reply

    My kids like laying in our bed watching a movie or cartoons when they aren't feeling well

  26. When we spend time reading together, or doing any other craft projects at home, and television, they always feel better.

  27. Sonya Morris Reply

    It always makes my child smile by playing board games and watching their favorite shows while snuggling on the couch when they are not feeling well.

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