I recently shared pictures of our first few days of school. I even created a plan for what I'd do if I struggled with various moods during the year. I neglected to plan for sick days.
Last week, I had some sort of allergy-headache-bowling ball for a brain-kind of day. When my kids were little, we could enjoy a bag (or three) of popcorn and PBS Kids. But that's not an option when "the show must go on" and little minds still need to wrestle through school.
How did I cope?
Well, for starters, during preschool time, while studying the letter B, my boys and I laid down and watched a couple of Blues Clues episodes as I prayed for the ibuprofen to kick in.
Our laundry didn't get finished in one day as I'd have liked.
The dishes remained in the sink. I was thankful the kids had something to eat, even though it came out of a jar and a can.
Daily chores weren't checked, meaning they weren't done.
And for our history reading, my throat was too sore, so I had my 11 year old read for us.
These days happen to all of us. Unfortunately, we don't get sick days. But we can cope. Navigate. Alter the course a little bit.
The dishes can be done another day. The laundry isn't going anywhere. An extra movie in the afternoon while I rest on the couch will not hurt their brains.
It sure does make us thankful for the healthy days, though, right? And early bedtimes?
Question: How do you handle sick-days as a mom? Any tips?
"He tends his flock like a shepherd:
He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young."