Published on April 9, 2010 inParenting on LandOMoms.com
I don’t know about April showers but, down here in South Texas… March’s bipolar weather brings sniffles, allergies, coughs, bronchitis and strep throat.
A lot of our time is spent shuffling sick, sniffly kids to and from the doctor’s office and our doctor’s office is beautiful and colorful and a great stimulating environment for kids. Except for one little thing. They have removed all books, toys and magazines, leaving it a beautiful, colorful, BORING place to have a 3-year-old and a 6-year-old and even this 31-year-old.
I don’t know about you, but when we go to the doctor’s office, even with an appointment, we’re due for at least a 45-minute wait. This does not bode well when the kids are healthy. It’s akin to a childhood apocalypse when they’re sick.
In a moment of sheer desperation, I mean creativity… (ahem) I took the old first aid kit out of my car (I replaced it with a new one that actually contained first aid materials) and I let the kids decorate it with stickers. Then we took a trip to the dollar store where we bought stickers, little books, tiny notepads and small puzzles.
This has become our “Office Aid Kit.” The kids love it, there’s always something new to read, play with, color, put together and because I always have at least three things of antibacterial wipes and gel, my kids are more than willing to share with the other sick kids.
This kit has saved my sanity and a few other parents’ too, on more than one occasion.