The calendar says the seasons are changing, and yet I was a bit slow this year to figure out what that meant for my family.
Or, more specifically what that meant for their health.
A week of ultra tiredness, extreme grumpiness, coughs and sniffles, rubbing eyes, and general lethargy and I finally, finally clicked.
It’s not something I suffer from, and it’s not something I worry about as Spring is one if my favorite seasons and yet with all of the boys in the house being afflicted by it, I should have maybe picked up on it a little earlier.
This is what happens in parenting all the time, in lots of scenarios. Everything is fine, everything is running smoothly, and then a couple of little things start to spoke the wheels. But they are not exactly bad, hardly noticeable, and it is only after a week of increasing problems that you realize you missed the warning signs.
For me this week it was the hayfever symptoms, for you it might be increasing fussiness with food, or the beginning of an attitude problem, or a behaviour issue. Whatever it is in your house, tune back in and start working on the solution.
Hayfever seems like it could be easy, but it takes a little while for the medicine dosage to build up in the system, and because sleep has been affected dealing with the tiredness fallout makes things tricky, but we also add in daily evening showers just before bed to keep the skin clear of wind blown pollen and help with the sleeping.
For all sorts of missed scenarios, there are solutions that we can work out. Ideas that can improve the situation or turn it around. The changing seasons is a good time to check in with rules and routines in your house and make changes and improvements anyway.
So embrace whatever you find, and take the opportunity to improve, change, or fix something that is going wrong.