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We are officially back to school - all of us. Not only did I head back to the classroom this year, but Cohen started Kindergarten and the elementary school adventure. I was quickly reminded how there is nothing worse than a sick family. When I was home it was manageable because I didn't have to scramble to make sub plans and take off work. This year has been a whole new adventure since I used up my sick bank last year when I had Remy and I'm working with a minimal amount of days to take off. So last week when the sickies hit our house, they hit us hard. Not only did my kids get sick but I got sick and quite honestly, I think I got it the worst. We are finally on the mend so my game plan is to be even more proactive this flu season to prevent this from happening again!
I ran to Walmart last week to grab a few things for Cohen's school and decided that I might as well grab a few things to stock the medicine cabinet with in case the sickness decided to strike the family again. Other than the usual throat drops, hand sanitizer and antibacterial soaps, I really needed to grab another bottle of Robitussin® DM Max Nighttime cough medicine. It’s never just a cough™ (use as directed.) I love Robitussin® because it can clear cough from your schedule (use as directed) and let's be honest, who has time to be sick? Not me! I love that Walmart always has the Robitussin® products I need, especially when I need them the most.
Another thing I am huge about when it comes to flu and cold season is the act of washing those hands! Not just with my own kids but with my students too. I spend the first week of school talking about proper hand washing and how it is part of our personal health. Recently I made this cute sign to go along with my lessons and decided to laminate and hang it by the classroom sink for a daily reminder. I teach my kiddos four easy steps to clean hands because let's be honest, when we go past four, no one remembers.
Four Steps to Clean Those Hands
3. As you are rubbing your hands, sing "Twinkle, Twinkle" in your head at a talking speed.
In my classroom I have pictures of the kids doing each step posted by the sign as simple visual reminders. Cohen wanted one in his bathroom, so I did the same thing for him but shrunk the pictures to smaller sizes so they fit all on the same paper. Hand washing is one of the easiest ways to prevent the spreading of germs, so I'm all about teaching it and doing it right!
Print your copy off here!
Print your copy off here!
Flu Season may not have officially arrived yet but after our first round of sickies, I don't want to mess with that one again! My medicine cabinet is stocked and my soap is full and ready for some hand cleaning. This mama is prepared to combat those school germs!
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How do you prepare for family sickness in your house?