By Brittany Rust
Last week it was Memorial Day and the weather was finally nice, praise God! My husband and I decided to take a bike ride to a nearby park and enjoy the morning weather with our nearly two-year-old, Roman. We were having a wonderful time. That is, until, while sitting on Ryan’s lap down the slide, his little foot got caught between the zig zag in the slide and Ryan’s leg. The worst in my mama mind happened: Roman broke his leg.
Caring for a strong-willed, always on the go toddler with a leg cast is no easy task. It’s like having a newborn who is awake most of the day and constantly wants to be busy! I can’t leave the room, have carry him everywhere, and there’s little he can actually do.
Broken bones, pink eye, colds, and the stomach flu (just to name a few!) are all unfortunate events we experience in parenthood. Not to mention, some illnesses can take down a whole family for a week. Caring for a sick or injured child can be some of the most emotionally and physically exhausting days—taxing parents to the very brink of sanity.
Surviving When Your Kid is Sick or Injured
How do you navigate these difficult, weary days? Here are 5 thoughts to keep close when compromised health comes knocking.
1. Pray for the Fruits of the Spirit on the regular.
Kindness, patience, and self-control are just a few of the fruits you will desperately need when exhaustion kicks in. And exhaustion will likely kick in when health fails in your kid(s). They might be a little extra needy for you. Sleep might not come as easy for you or them. However it interferes with your daily life, exhaustion can lead to lack of patience and chip away at your flesh. Be diligent in inviting the Holy Spirit into your heart and home to produce fruit only He can produce. You’ll need them to make it through these tiresome seasons well.
2. Lean into His strength.
You might often find the end of your rope in these difficult times; your weaknesses become evident. But the wonderful refuge found in weakness is the endless strength God provides. When we are weak, He is strong. Turn to prayer often, confess your weakness, and ask for His unlimited strength to flood in.
3. Take care of yourself.
As a mom, it’s easy to neglect self-care. This can be especially true when sickness or injury knocks down your kid. But I would encourage you to find some outlet for self-care before you go crazy! It can be as simple enough as a hot bath and glass of wine at the end of long day. Perhaps it’s asking your husband for help (for those whom asking comes hard for). Maybe it’s napping when they rest instead of doing laundry or dishes. Honest truth: there are times when sleeping is one of the most spiritual things you can do. Remember, you are better for your kids when your heart is taken care of as well.
4. Be an extravagant giver and receiver of grace.
Being a giver of grace to your restless child may be hard at times. And receiving it when you get frustrated with their demands is necessary as well. Pray for grace in these hard times. Remember its incredible value. Just when you think you can’t do it anymore, pray for grace. He sure does love to extend it!
5. Remember, it’s only temporary.
And remember: all of this is temporary. It won’t last forever. Persevere through this trial as a light to your family. Show your kids and husband that perseverance is a godly and beautiful attribute to possess as a believer. You’ll be pointing your family to Him in the weariness and that, my friend, has significant value in the Kingdom.