Friday, October 22, 2010

How to parent when you feel like crap?

I am really looking for ideas here, because I'm totally at a loss. I have some random health issues that sometimes surface, leave me feeling physically like I need to curl up in to a ball and hide and mentally like I can't handle even opening my eyes, let alone be super mom.

Today was one of those days. My girls were both home from school, which they are every Friday. I was wanting to be alone. The day turned in to one of A LOT of tv time and the time that we weren't watching tv was spent with Iris being extremely jerky and me being extremely jerky right back. I said things I didn't want to. I sent her to her room because I couldn't deal with her.

I don't have the kind of children who can always "play nice" when they have my undivided attention and it really unravels when I simply need them not fight, and find something to do to occupy their time for even half and hour without needing me. I tell them "I'm not feeling good, I need you to play alone for a little while so I can rest" and it doesn't matter.

It's so frustrating.

I need some more proactive ideas.


  1. I'm in the same boat. :( I am taking some medications that are making me feel awful and it is hard to just get through the day--and I am lucky because my husband is home most of the day. But I am so sick of fighting and whining.

  2. Wow, I don't know. I usually lay on the couch while they watch movies and eat copious amounts of snacks. But...that doesn't work so well with the baby, either. I'm sorry :(


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