TYLENOL is #SmilingItFoward: Share a Smile and Make a Sick Kid Feel Better

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One of the worst feelings I have being a mom is when my children are sick. With every sneeze, cough, and fever my heart hurts for them. I want nothing more than for them to act like their crazy selves.

Not that long ago, Big Bug caught some kind of virus and got sick at school. This was the first time I ever had to pick him up from school because he was sick. This kid’s immune system can almost fight anything. Back in February my husband and I had what we call the Death Bug. We were sick for nearly the whole month and even Baby Bug got it for a few days, but that bug dare not touch Big Bug. It knew better than to mess with him. This time, however, he was not as lucky.

When I arrived at school I found him in the nurse’s office asleep, curled up in a ball. The nurse told me she kept trying to get him to lay down and asked if he was tired but he kept saying no. She said eventually she turned around and he was passed out. Big clue that he was really sick – Big Bug never naps unless he is sick.

When we got home I took his temperature and of course he had a fever. He told me he wanted his tablet and turned on Netflix. I gave him medicine, tucked him in, and within a few minutes he was passed out again. He didn’t touch his tablet or even watch TV the rest of the day. He pretty much slept the whole time. So weird for him.

This wasn’t my normal Big Bug. He doesn’t sleep. He doesn’t act so glum. He’s usually bouncing off the walls and I have to be yelling “No” or Don’t do that” or “Leave your brother alone”. Surprisingly, I missed him being himself. His annoying, cute, and sweet self.

Most of the next day was just more of the same. More sleeping and being so sulky. That evening though I got a glimpse of his normal self. He started messing with his brother and I saw a smile on his face while he played. I knew he was on the mend. I couldn’t help but smile. That smile freed up the weight that was on my heart and I could relax for a moment. It let me know he was going to be just fine and I’d have my hyper child back before long.

TYLENOL is SMILING IT FORWARD and you should too. TYLENOL will donate $1 to Children’s Health Fund, up to $100,000, for every smile shared on SmilingItForward.com. Children’s Health Fund provides medical services to children who otherwise may not receive any in their mobile clinics.

I don’t know about you but I love cheesy kid smiles and those sweet baby smiles. Pretty much any kid smile is just awesome. This is my SMILING IT FORWARD picture.
tylenol smiling it forwardI couldn’t choose just one picture though. So many make me smile like these…
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tylenol smiling it forward
tylenol smiling it forward

Come on, admit it! You are smiling now, right? Share a smile and help a child feel better by visiting SMILING IT FORWARD.

Disclosure: I have received information and products from McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., the makers of TYLENOL®. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks.

Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.


  1. Baby pictures are absolutely contagious for smiles, Krystle! I’m so sorry Big Bug was terribly sick. That just wrenches at my heart when the wee little ones are sick and can’t express to you what is wrong. I raised two little boys for five years so I can relate! I will never forget Timmy have croup. And (being a medic at the time) I went old school with the ER doctor’s phone approval. Hot, steamy shower then out into the cold winter air. Three times. With no bundled up clothing for warmth. It was horrible but sure as heck it worked! 🙂

    • It’s never fun when little ones are sick. Your heart just melts for them. Ah the croup. My son had that once and ended up giving it to us on our vacation to Vegas. Went to Vegas for a week and were sick the whole time. Not very fun.

  2. Awww what cute babies 🙂 Thanks for sharing the pics. It’s hard not to smile when faced with such cuteness.

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