It’s been an interesting week – I was pretty sick and rundown with a cough that wouldn’t go away, limited sleeping, and a head that felt stuffed, with headaches and body aches. Plus there was a lot of snot and no energy.
Not a fun week.
I’m mostly better, and very grateful for that as the new week rolls around, and yet there is a bit of fallout to deal with.
For one thing, the rest of my family didn’t get a free pass, and I’ve got at least one child in the early stages of the same cold, and a whole lot of stuff that DIDN’T happen last week that I now need to hustle on.
It’s a catch-22. I’ve got so much to do, and I just want to do it, and yet I know that one of the reasons I was so crook all week is because I didn’t rest up and look after myself.
This is the juggle of coming out of being sick – mums tend to need to get a whole heap of stuff done in a short period of time, so that we can feel our equilibrium settle and once more feel like we are on top of everything and back in control of our life and running our household successfully. And yet, the washing and tidying, and cleaning, and busy-ness is NOT as important as reconnecting with your kids.
Especially is they are sick too, but also because kids definitely notice when mum is out of action and it can rock their sense of everything being okay.
So – I have a lot to do today. Work (writing), baking (morning tea shout), birthday organising (11 on Thurs), groceries, teaching (last day teaching at the College), washing (a weeks worth of it), and general tidying. But, the thing I have to do the most is check back in with my kids!
Not that anything has gone wrong, but over the weekend I definitely noticed more attitude, more hyper-ness, some anxiety, and just a feeling of the kids being off.
I understand that we are all busy, and struggling to stay afloat at times, but I would love to remind you to check back in with your kids this week.
- Be in your kids space while they eat their breakfast this week
- Reconnect before and after school -either pick them up or focus on them when you get home from work.
- Have a quick conversation with their sports coaches and teachers – a quick 5 mins or a text message to check in with how things are going
- Let your kids help you with dinner, or help you feed the pets in your home – giving kids a little responsibility makes them feel connected with you.
- Ask questions, share stories, and take time to listen.
My goal is to slowly work through my list this week, but to not panic if the less urgent jobs don’t get done, and to focus on my kids when I get the chance.
How does your week look? What are your goals?