It’s tough to keep to a full schedule during the best times, especially when you’re a mother. If you have one or more children, you’ve got incredible demands made upon every second of every day. You’ve got messes to clean up, meals to prepare, schedules to maintain, discipline to accomplish, and that’s only the stuff that pertains directly to your children. When it comes to your own life, you’ve got to be a superhuman to pull off all of your goals. So what happens when it comes to getting sick or recovering from surgery? How in the world do you do it?
Fortunately, you aren’t the first mum in history to need a little time for convalescence. Here are the best ways to make it happen.
1) Rely On the Oldest Kids. If you are preparing for breast augmentation surgery, anticipating a nasty flu season, or scheduling some time to get a torn muscle repaired, you know you’ll have to have some time in bed before you feel your best again. If you know that this situation is coming, it’s time to pass on some responsibility to the oldest kid in your brood. This might be something simple, like making lunches, putting a smaller child to bed, or cleaning up around the kitchen.
Choose chores that will be difficult for you to perform, especially considering limited mobility from surgery or other procedures. If you will not be able to bend, drill floor cleaning exercises with your kids ahead of time. If you won’t be able to reach above your head, buy a step ladder so junior can get down the laundry detergent and Frosted Flakes for you.
2) Call in Favors. Just because you are ill or recovering doesn’t mean that your household has to go into breakdown. If you have family in the area, explain to them what is going on and try to enlist their help. This is especially helpful if you have helped them in the past. If you are anticipating an upcoming recovery or potential illness, start being a generous person to your friends and family. If you manage to establish a culture of helpfulness among your friends, family, and neighbors, you will have plenty of people to pitch in when it comes time for you to recover.
3) Explain the Situation to Your Kids. If you genuinely need time on your back to recover, and you are having a hard time getting people to help you, explain the reality of the situation to your children. Kids often respond well to responsibility when they understand the stakes. This can be a good time to instill some appropriate self-sufficiency, especially if you are not out of it all day long. Collaborate with your children to create a workable situation during your recovery, and you may instill some great habits they will have for life.
Illness and surgery recovery are a hard thing for mums to endure, but you can do it if you prepare. Hard times can be good for children and families, if they are handled the right way.