Sunday, September 20, 2009

Parenting While Sick

Unfortunately, I am not feeling well today. In fact, I feel like crap and have been coughing, sneezing, and have terrible head and ear congestion as well as fatigue. Being sick, on top of parenting duties can certainly be a tough task for any parent. I am so thankful for my husband who has been doing most of the care giving today as I have barely been able to get off the couch. With a little bit of drug therapy I am able to sit for short spurts without my head spinning too much.

So, I dedicate this blog to my wonderful hubby.

I will say that parenting is tough work. Doing it when you are not feeling well is even harder. So, I applaud all parents going through this and especially those doing it on their own or with multiple children. It's almost as if you really can't be sick when you are taking care of a child unless you have family, friends and reliable babysitters nearby who can come by in a moment's notice who have strong immune systems and are not worried about getting sick.

I admit that I don't use babysitters much outside of immediate family members. It has nothing to do with trust but more so to do with finances and timing. Sometimes, the babysitter you need and want is not available or the short notice, and likely so, makes it difficult to get someone who you can trust.

So, as a parent, you are likely sleep deprived, running after a little one, and trying to get it all done in the allotted hours of the day. Should you get sick, try to have some family and friends on the ready to help out, if possible. Or, just hope that your loved ones can step in and do as much of the childcare as possible so you can get your rest. It's okay to ask for help when you need it.

Feel better!

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