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Healthy Parent vs. Sick Parent

So, I’ve come to find, when you’re a parent, there really isn’t that much difference in what is required and expected of you when you are healthy versus when you are sick.

Allow me to expound upon the two and also, to say in advance, I’m proud of all you moms and dads out there who persevere no matter what hand they are dealt on any particular day.

Typical day for the healthy stay-at-home parent:

Getting the kids up & ready for the day
Playing with the kids

Making breakfast&lunch
Playing with the kids
Cleaning the house
Playing with the kids
Making dinner
Playing with the kids
Wiping tears
Playing with the kids
Wiping butts
Playing with the kids
Wiping noses
Playing with the kids
Making desserts & snacks
Playing with the kids
Waking up in the middle of the night
Please no playing!
Waking up early in the morning
Playing with the kids
Helping with homework
Playing with the kids
Being there when they’re sick
Playing with the kids
and, finally,
Learning what you’re made of…and most likely again, playing with the kids!
Typical day for a sick stay-at-home parent:

Getting the kids up & ready for the day

Playing with the kids
Making breakfast&lunch
Playing with the kids
Cleaning the house
Playing with the kids
Making dinner
Playing with the kids
Wiping tears
Playing with the kids
Wiping butts
Playing with the kids
Wiping noses
Playing with the kids
Making desserts & snacks
Playing with the kids
Waking up in the middle of the night
Please no playing!
Waking up early in the morning
Playing with the kids
Helping with homework
Playing with the kids
Being there when they’re sick
Playing with the kids
Realizing your kids are likely the reason you are sick
but knowing you’d do it all over again if it meant being with them like you have
And, finally,
Learning…more than ever…what you’re made of…and again, most likely, playing with the kids!
Being a parent is hard work, but it’s also the best job I have ever had in my life.  Never have I learned more and transformed more than I have since the day my first was born.  What a blessing, what a gift to be here, in this position.  What a blessing, what a gift to be challenged the way we all are, in some ways the same and in others quite different!
No matter how we each are challenged today, 
let’s decide now to be grateful 
and to persevere through whatever today’s particular hurdles may come to be!  
And if you find yourself on the sick side of the equation today, 
I pray for speedy healing and wellness 
so that you can healthily do the job God has specifically chosen just for you…

Kay Kathleen

I write about my life's core: Jesus & my faith, my family, and the struggles I have met along the way. I figure...I hope...that if exposing my life and it's lessons learned can encourage even one person, this blog and all the hours I have spent behind this computer will have been more than worth it.

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