Okay, I know what you’re thinking: Sleepless nights suck and don’t bring magical days.And to a certain extent you’d be right. Except we’ve decided we’ll choose to have a magical day anyhow.
More often than not, I’m tired and feel I should get at least 3 more hours of sleep a night. Some days, like today, I spend those 3 hours attempting to sleep (on the floor, on a chair, leaning against the kitchen counter hoping my children think I’m working in the kitchen and not sleeping…) anyhow.
Yesterday, neither Ryan nor I woke up feeling refreshed, we thought about staying home and having a lazy day. But because we decided to look for magic and moments of connection everyday we decided we’d go out after all. In record time everyone was dressed and out the door. Half hour after climbing out of bed, we were on our way to the bowling alley to meet up with some other homeschoolers.
I love watching them bowl! They have so much fun, though none of them seem destined for bowling greatness 😉 They love using the bumpers to bank the ball toward the pins. Ella gets several strikes and one of the highest scores out of everyone there. But without those bumpers she’s nothing! lol Not really, but she does use them heavily 🙂
Agatha’s awesome, even with the bumpers she managed to get a couple gutter balls. That takes talent! Talent I tell you!! :p
Cordelia managed to get the ball all the way to the pins a couple times. I think she’s improved over the past few months lol
Brom bowled all of twice before heading over to check out the arcade. He had so much fun just pretending to play, and fun is all that mattered.
What else does a sleepy day bring? Silliness, stories and cuddles, kitties and puppy play. It also brought craft time, and fun with beads.
But everyday life isn’t always easy. Parenting is hard, exhausting work some days. And we certainly don’t have time to devote 100% of our day to our children the way we can on vacation.
So we need to make the most of the time we do have to make sure each day, at the very least, begins and ends with a happy connection.
There’s so much I want to accomplish, and so much I want to help my children succeed at each day. That pressure added to feeding them and clothing them, as well as cleaning the house, and taking care of animals means some days we could loose sight of our goal.
I want to create a plan for these days when I’m running on empty but still want to stick to and accomplish my goals. I also want to take better care of myself in the first place so I have fewer days like this. Setting my bedtime an hour or two earlier than it is will make a huge difference in my day to day life and how I relate to my children. It’ll also offset the sleep I lose from being woken up multiple times in a night.
What do you do to remind yourself to react with love and patience when you’re exhausted and your children are children? What do you do to connect with your children when you’re running low? What do you do when you’ve ran out of gas, but you’re not able to actually stop and take care of yourself yet?