Admit it! You Dread Your Child’s Day Off From Daycare
An unexpected, unannounced day off from daycare for the child, be it because of health issues or some other reason, is a nightmare come to life. There, I’ve admitted it!
We’re moving into nuclear families where no daycare usually means one of the parents is responsible for staying at home and looking after kids. People will argue that kids should be first priority (and they are, which is why we’re taking a day off), but we have a commitment outside of home- to our jobs. While managers may give us a day off at the shortest possible notice, there’s no denying that work gets held up and has to be dealt with at some point of time.
In such circumstances, it is hard not to groan and feel helpless. If the child has health issues, the day goes by in visiting the doctor, administering medicines and listening to constant wailing in general, but what about other such unexpected days? Can we turn them around and make them a wonderful experience for us and our kids? I think that is not only a great idea, but it also teaches our kids that when things don’t go as planned, we should go right ahead, take that sour lime and make some lemonade!
- Spend a day at the park : Not a couple of hours, but the entire day. Most city parks are large enough to keep kids occupied for long hours. Pack a picnic lunch, grab some story books and a ball and head out. When tired, get them to take a nap under a tree. A day spent breathing among trees is a day well spent.
- Throw a pyjama party at home : This could really work for kids over four. If they have friends in your apartment complex, call a couple of them over in the day and let them play for as long as they want. Since they’re occupied, you could take some time out to chill, or even get some work done. What’s more, you’re giving other parents in the same boat a chance to unwind as well. Hopefully, they’ll return the favour.
- Watch movies : Yes, I know what experts say about screen time. But then, those experts have nothing to say about having the kids at home unexpectedly. I’m not advocating adult shows and R rated movies, but why not do just one animated movie? Follow up with a pizza lunch and a day of doing absolutely nothing is complete.
- Catch up with the kids : We all run around, kids included. Isn’t it true that we’re missing out on some lovely details of their lives- new friends, new experiences? Set out a bowl of food (because food is always the great equalized), give everyone a break from taking a bath and dressing up, and just sit and talk. Blow bubbles if you must. You might just be surprised by your three-year old’s vocabulary.
- Take some time off for yourself : Sure, it wasn’t the most pleasant surprise, but why treat it as such. You have a day off from work too, so put the kids to sleep and indulge yourself for a bit. A well-hidden box of chocolates, binge watching shows you last watched in college, just doing your nails, or reading more than two pages in a book are all little celebrations in themselves.
Faced with the prospect of a bad day? You have the power to turn it around! Deep breaths, lots of patience and looking into the faces of your little ones will help.