I hurt my back over the weekend and spent most of Monday lying down. Parenting when you’re not at your best is tough. Here are some ideas if you find yourself laid out with young kids.
Declare a Couch/Bed Day
Nothing amps up excitement like labeling something. My daughter thought a couch/bed day sounded awesome (at least for a little while). Make a big to-do over it and your child will follow your lead.
Focus Your Attention
My kiddo actually got more attention on Monday than most days. Since I couldn’t do chores, I was able to spend a lot of time reading to her, talking with her and telling her over and over again not to climb all over me.
Get Them Moving
Just because you can’t move doesn’t mean your child can’t. Play Simon Says and have them do jumping jacks or run around the house. We did a treasure hunt where I would send my daughter searching for various things in the house. By the end of the day, there was a lot of stuff on the couch. Unfortunately she wasn’t as thrilled about the idea of a reverse treasure hunt.
Make the Most of Your Time Up
Whenever I had to get up, I tried to make it worthwhile by taking care of several things that needed to be done. So while I got up to get my kiddo some lunch, I also grabbed my phone charger.
Do What it Takes
A little extra TV time on day when you’re not at your best is nothing to feel guilty about. And neither is asking for help from family or friends.
What are your parenting tips for when you’re out of commission?