When Mom or Dad is Bedridden: Great Ways to Keep Your Kids Quiet and Happy While You Recover

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As sad as it can be to talk about, there are times when people need to take care of a sick or invalid parent in their own home. This can cause a lot of stress and frustration, even when you have the best intentions, especially if you have children of your own. When you are taking care of a sick parent, you want them to get as much rest as they can, so you need to find ways to keep your children occupied so your parent can rest and recuperate. This seems like an impossible task sometimes — keeping kids quiet — but there are a few fun things you can do with your children that will keep them away from your resting parent.


You probably loved to color as a kid and, chances are your own kids love to as well. It’s a fun, relaxing way to spend an afternoon, coloring cool creations alone or with their family.

And the best part is, you don’t even need to buy any supplies. If you have an Android phone or tablet, you can download the Coloring Book for Me & Mandala app to your devices and spend all the time you want coloring. There are plenty of things to color, like people, animals, flowers and geometric shapes and patterns, and there are hundreds of colors you and your child can choose from.

The best part is, your kids can easily share their creations with friends and family, through email or on social media platforms.

Get Them Outside

If you want you sick parent to get some rest, one of the best things you can do is to get the kids out of the house all together.

Take them to the nearest park and play catch with them, or let them entertain themselves on a playground. There are probably several state or national parks that are close by, so you could take them out to see some cool nature that they’ve never seen before. If it’s warm, take them to your favorite swimming spot or even an outdoor waterpark: they will have fun plus they will be tired when you get back home. A double win!


Teaching your child to enjoy books is one of the best things you can do for their education, and it’s a great way to keep the noise level down while your parent rests.

Most of the time, kids learn to enjoy what their parents enjoy, so if you like to read, make sure you do so around your children and encourage them to try it. You can find plenty of cheap childrens books online or at your local bookstore. If your children take to reading, always encourage them to read more by getting them more books. Here’s a list of things you can do to get your kids reading.

If you are faced with the task of caring for a parent, help their recovery by keeping your own children occupied.


Sohie Horton is Auntie to 3 nieces and 2 nephews and likes to think she is the favorite Auntie the kids adore!

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  1. Darcy Koch says:

    I personally have never been in thissituation, but I imagine it can be difficuly at times.

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