YOUR TURN: When Mom is tired


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I am tired.  Physically, emotionally, spiritually…

I am working on getting myself back on track and fully functioning.  I’m working on getting back into God’s word to refresh me, as it always does.  I’m working on taking better care of myself physically so I have more energy and am healthier.  There are tons of wonderful, encouraging blogs out there for moms – to help us get back to where we need to be, or even just to help us know we’re not alone.

But what am I supposed to do with the kids while I “recover?” I don’t know how long I will be in this funk – and it is my job to be mom to my boys.  I can’t just ship them off someplace while I fix myself back up.

I’ve acted like nothing’s wrong and gone about our normal day-to-day routines – and sometimes God’s grace and mercy have gotten us through, but sometimes, I wind up even more tired on all fronts.  I’ve over-used the TV to help me make it through the day – an in-house equivalent of “shipping them off.”

Today I’m going to try something new. A low-key day, full of snuggles and prayer… maybe a TV show, lots of books… we may not get out of our PJs today.  But there will be lots of love for everyone involved.  I’ll let you know how this works out for us…

…now it’s your turn… please share with me your plan for days when mom is the tired/sick/sad one. I need more ideas up my sleeve for days like this.



  1. Usually, we take Mondays “off.” We stay in our pajamas and just try to get back in our routine after a busy weekend. I don’t do any housework above and beyond the basics. We eat leftovers.

    Sundays are our day of worship and fellowship; Mondays are our day of rest.

    Hope you feel recharged and encouraged after your low-key day.
    .-= Sandra´s last blog ..Apple Picking =-.

  2. I know the feeling! I messed up my back this morning and had a lay on the couch with the heating pad/ let the kids watch PBS day.

    I think sometimes we need to embrace the quietness. We can’t be all things to all people, we need to “reboot” sometimes. If I’m feeling like that and I push myself to “accomplish” a lot, I end up snapping at the kids, losing correct priorities, and getting needlessly frustrated.

    I think you’re right on with your pj and snuggles day. 🙂 Snuggling and praying and spending time together IS accomplishing a LOT.
    .-= Kristi_runwatch´s last blog ..Walgreensapalooza =-.

  3. I don’t have any ideas. But I wanted to say thank you for being transparent. I think one of the biggest reasons we at-home moms get burned out so easily is that many of us don’t have safe places to say, “I’m exhausted…” or “I’m frustrated…” or “I’m just plain tired of this…” “…but I know this is my job and I can’t just quit doing it.” We need to be reminded that it’s normal to get that way sometimes and we aren’t alone, and gently encouraged to not grow weary in doing good.
    .-= Rachel R.´s last blog ..Super Food Recipe Roundup – Carnival of Super Foods =-.

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