An Ill Mom Appreciates Playdates For Her Kids
If you are an ill mom you know just how difficult it can be to entertain your children, cater to their needs, pick up the toys for fussy toddlers and sit in the sun too long at the park.
And you also want them to have time to spend with other children. But so often it may seem as though you are the one doing the arranging. As a mom with a very sanguine-personality child, who is also an only child, he needs constant interaction with people. He thrives when he is surrounded by other children and has a genuine need to interact.
So it seems I am the one always trying to arrange the playdates. I have to pick the kids up, drop them back off at home, and make all the arrangements. This is fine, I just wish my son was occasionally invited to go to the movies or come play at someone else’s house–even for a couple of hours. It is a rare thing, as moms work, have plans, etc.
If you have children–and a friend who is an ill mom, offer to have her children over for playdates occasionally. It is a gift for any mom to have a couple hours to catch up on things, but for an ill mom, she may be able to be a better mom if she has a nap. While other moms may go grocery shopping while her kids are at playdate, an ill mom may very likely be at the doctor getting an infusion of medication or an MRI (since these are places her child can never accompany her).
An ill mom manages her energy. While other moms may manage their time, an ill mom knows her weakest time of day, or when she will have the least energy. She is constantly trying to figure out meals, activities, laundry and more on very little energy compared to her healthy peers.
So, pick up the phone and invite her children over to play. Going to the park, see if her kids can come. Oftentimes an ill mom cannot spend much time in the sun. Your efforts to include the children of a friend of yours who is an ill mom will be a most appreciative gift.
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If you haven’t been around kids lately, or don’t have any at home yourself, you may forget just how much energy it can take to keep up with them. Here is a fun little video of kids having fun! To all our friends who are an ill mom (or dad, or grandparent) keep up the great work. We appreciate you!
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