An undisclosed rule of parenting I have learned is when I am sick, and in desperate need of restful sleep, my kids will wake up all.night.long.
So my house will look like this by 8 am the next morning because I am too tired to get off the couch.
And the kiddos will engage in all sorts of naughtiness because, inevitably, their energy levels will have increased dramatically due to lack of sleep.
By 9 am I will be ready for naptime. They will not be. I will put on their favorite show and try to doze as they are entertained.
For lunch, they will eat something simple as I prepare some sort of crock-pot meal (usually a soup) for dinner . Upon completion of the meal and meal prep, they will be put down for naps. And I will pray it lasts a l-o-n-g time.
Unfortunately, when they wake up there will still be four unfilled hours of which to survive until bedtime.
So we will take a walk to the library to return overdue books.
Voila! Soon it is bedtime. With faces scrubbed clean, bedtime books read, and prayers offered, the kids are placed in their soft cribs for a nighttime slumber.
P.S. Dear children, please, please, don't wake up tonight. I'm not sure you--or I--will survive another day like this.
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