Anna comforting Daddy while he is sick. "Ahh...poor daddy."
This week I had the…ahem…privilege of contracting a virus. It has left me mostly on my butt or back with very little action and very little to do. I am catching this virus on the tail end of our kiddos having the same thing so my kids, who’s affect has been very depressed and lethargic lately, took a major rebound this weekend. They now have their energy, playfulness, and sense of humor back! It’s been quite fun watching 3 kids with about a weeks worth of pent up energy coming out…even if I could not partake in it.
Throughout their illnesses we have made an effort to be very compassionate with them. Asking them if they are alright, holding them, comforting them, giving late-night baths to bring down fevers, giving the “ahh. Poor sweetie”s and allowing them to sleep in our bed regardless of the flopping and kicking (I’m quite confident we may not be able to have kids due to trauma impact to…well…me). It can be quite stressful on us as parents and creates extra work and requires more emotional control but my wife and I believe in being especially nurturing and loving when our kids are sick. Lots of research shows that the psychological components of physical healing are just as, and in some cases, more important.
Now that their stint of sicknesses are over, and mine have begun, I have been on the receiving end of our work now. Let me explain. While I was resting on the couch yesterday my oldest daugther Anna walked in and says “how are you feeling Daddy?” I replied with a “oh, not so good sweetie and thank you.” She proceeded to walk over, stroke my face, and say “ahh. Poor Dad.” This was exactly how we had been treating the kiddos earlier this week and it was neat to see it portrayed back to us.
It served as a good reminder that our kids are watching and learning how to act, so be how you want them to be. Plus, you never know when circumstance might reverse. Could you stand yourself if you switched places with your kid?
Even my 2 year old Cora came to love on Daddy.
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