A previously familiar face stares at you, now red-eyed and covered in gross fluids that belong inside their body, not outside. They draw closer to you, raspy-voiced and clinging, determined to hold onto you and spread the dreaded pestilence that transformed them. No, this isn't the plot of yet another zombie movie. It's real life, for any mom whose kids are sick. So if you're close to such a mom, you should know about helpful, sanity-saving things you could do for a mom with sick kids at home.
People often think to bring food or otherwise help out when a new baby is born or when something really serious happens, like a loss in the family or a major illness. But while having a kid laid up with something that's not quite hospital-worthy isn't as disruptive as all that (thankfully), it can make a mom's already hectic, occasionally stressful life that much more stressful. Sick kids are extra demanding, and being under the weather (and contagious) often means getting stuck inside with them, without all the normal breaks — going to school, being able to play outside, visiting friends' houses for playdates, etc. — that help a mom recharge.
So the next time you see a text message or status update from a friend lamenting the fact that her kids have come down with something yucky, try one or more of the following things if you've got the time and energy (and if you want her to love you literally forever).