Last week we found ourselves in a little bit of a situation, I was so sick and just couldn’t force myself to get it together enough to do any sort of organized homeschooling. So, what exactly did my children do? I’m going to be totally honest with you here. They used a lot of electronics, but to my surprise even during their unsupervised time they were usually watching or playing something educational. They also got super creative and made some forts for their little toys out of all our cardboard and duct tape.
At first, I felt super guilty about allowing them to spend so much time on electronics. I felt guilty about the about the fact that I couldn’t complete the only task that I really feel that I have. Then I just gave myself a break, I realized that this isn’t something that happens all the time and in order for me to be the mother that I wanted to be, I first needed to take care of myself.
Normally when I am sick my husband will help out with the schooling but this time he was also sick and there was just nothing else that could be done, we needed rest. I think that I would like to plan out some activities for if we are ever caught in this situation again. Some things that the kids are able to do independently that aren’t on electronics. For today though, I will be thankful that for the most part my kids were fairly easy to deal with and I was able to get better!
This whole situation got me thinking though, how often do we feel guilty as mothers for simply taking care of ourselves. Do you feel like everything and everyone must come first? I understand that we are caregivers by nature and that we as mothers what to make sure that our children are taken care of, but if we are sick and need to recover, we need to be able to take that time without feeling guilty so that we can then be the best version of ourselves once again!