Saturday, June 20, 2015

I'd Like to Use a Sick Day Today Please!

Do you ever find it difficult to parent when you are sick? 

Yesterday, I woke with the same cold and sore throat that everyone else in our house had over the past few weeks.  Being sick is never any fun. Your children know that you don't feel well, but their demands and needs are unwavering.  I think being sick and parenting is one of the hardest things to do.  It was a day that if I had I job outside the home, I would have called in sick. But, as you all know, kids don't provide their parents with sick days.  Despite my desire to crawl under the covers just until my throat stopped feeling like I had swallowed glass, I carried on as usual.   

Thankfully, yesterday my husband was home and was able to take on the majority of the responsibilities. Today, I am on my own though.  My kids are great, please don't get me wrong. But, when I don't feel well, everything seems like a challenge. Things like making breakfast, lunch & dinner for all 4 of them, putting dishes away and finding activities to keep them occupied.  

They seemed to bicker over everything.  My throat already hurt, but talking made it feel even worse.  The need to constantly correct them grew quite tiresome.  And, to top it off it was raining so sending them outside was not an option. 

But, despite feeling bad and the sibling bickering, we went to see the movie Inside Out, which was absolutely adorable and funny.  I think it is a movie that can actually help children have a better understanding of their thoughts and feelings. Or, at least it makes them believe that each emotion has a personality. 

So, maybe it was a good thing that I didn't take a sick day after all.


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