We all want to focus 100 percent on our children,
but there are days when that is impossible. This winter it seems
everyone has gotten sick at least once. Moms don't get to take sick
days, so here are some ways to parent when you feel
Movie day. Instead of just
throwing on the television, find some old classics from your
childhood. My favorites are "Ferris Buellers Day Off," "Back to the
Future" and "Home Alone." Another idea is to watch the "Star Wars"
series - that will keep everyone occupied for many
Play doctor. Explain to your
kids that your head (or insert in ailing body part) is hurting and
ask them to find all the doctor and medical toys that they can find
and allow them to check you while you lie comfortably in
Scavenger hunt. Make a list
of specific toys and obscure (safe) objects around your home and
send your kids off to search for them. Close your eyes while you
Books on tape. When you
don't have the energy to read to your little ones, let them listen
to a book on tape (or CD) and allow them to follow along with the
voice. They will feel proud of their independence.
Hide and Seek. I hide in the
bathtub every time and take a little nap and for some reason my
children never remember to look there.
Ask for help. Send a text to
a neighbor, friend or family member telling them you are not
feeling well. I bet you will be surprised by most people's
automatic response to take your kids, which will give you the rest
We all get sick and need to rest our bodies. It is
important that we heal so that we can be the best moms we can
Beth Prystowsky is a grateful mother, wife, yoga teacher, and writer of Ups and Downs of a Yoga Mom.
See more of Beth's stories here.
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