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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Practicing patience

I am not a very patient person. I don't do well with children whining, mumbling, crying or any of the like, but with four children I've heard my fair share of that and much more. This week my 2-year-old daughter, who can be difficult to deal with on a regular basis, isn't feeling well. She has strep throat.

She's already with me everyday and likes for me to pick her up instead of working. Her being under the weather has made it worse. I have rubbed, coaxed, cajoled, kissed, hugged, tickled, held, babied for a week now (she was just diagnosed yesterday) and I think I am coming to the end of my rope.

Then I have to remind myself - once again - that she doesn't feel well. The thing with little Miss Anna though is she's a super master manipulator. I'm beginning to think that she's just using the not feeling well as an excuse for me to continue with the babying. I am so behind on everything, I have a headache and I am so extremely exhausted that I think I'll be waiting outside of the house, in the driveway tomorrow when their father comes to pick up the kids.

I'll pass on the medication instructions, kiss them all good bye and either pass out or get work done. Passing out is looking more appealing as I watch Anna throw herself from the couch because I wouldn't take a toy from her and told her to just sit it down. Maybe I should get an iPod or MP3 player to drown out the whining... okay, deep breath, I'm back. She's safely tucked under my arm contentedly playing with the toy.

Parents, pray for me today that my patience lasts. There's nothing worse than a sleep-deprived mom who is trying to avoid catching strep throat from a child who won't get out of her lap.


  1. Oh, that's hard, Petula. I know you want to be a good caring mom, but there is a physical limit to what you can do. Sorry, I don't have any easy answers--just support from this end.

  2. Raising one completely exhausted me, I can only imagine how exhausted you must be raising 4. My love for my daughter would replenish me. Step away, take deep breaths and get rest when you can. Hope that you have a few girlfriends that you can call for a girls night out when they're with their dad.


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