Most of the time, we’re worrying about how our kids will cope when they have to go to the hospital.

But what about when you, the parent, have to go to the hospital?

 

I have been in the hospital for five days now with no sign of leaving anytime soon.

To say I am worried about my little man and how he will fare without me is an understatement.

However, I am hoping that by following these tips, Cooper won’t experience too much trauma from being away from “Mama.”

Tip #1: Keep Your Child on Routine

Let’s face it.

Keeping your child on a routine while you’re away is much easier said than done, especially if you are relying on extended family, i.e. grandparents, to help you get the job done.

Since this trip to the hospital was unexpected, I didn’t have time to go over Cooper’s normal schedule beforehand.

However, all it really takes is a little communication between you and the relative or relatives taking care of him.

For instance, Cooper gets up at 6:45 every morning to dress and get ready for school.

Since his dad has already left for work by then, it’s always me that’s getting him prepared.

I think it’s important to keep your child as close to his normal schedule as possible, right down to brushing his teeth before brushing his hair.

Keeping a routine gives your child a sense of normality even when they know all is not well.

Tip#2: Put on a Happy Face

Your child knows something’s up when he sees you lying in a hospital bed hooked to IVs and, in my case, vomiting every so often.

To keep their worries about mommy away, try to put on a smile when your partner brings your child to see you in the hospital.

Some parents may think it’s better to keep their children in the dark all together during a time like this, but I disagree.

My son wanted to see his mama, and needed to see me in this state, to understand that I wasn’t just abandoning him.

Plus, seeing your kids while you’re feeling down certainly puts a smile on YOUR face.

Tip#3: Don’t Let Them See You Cry

I have boohooed and squalled multiple times since I was admitted to the hospital, either because I’m in pain or because I really, really miss my husband and son.

Though you may be tempted to just break down and cry at the sight of your child, keep it together.

Kids need to feel like their parents are strong, even when they are sick.

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