After being diagnosed with Pure Autonomic Failure (a type of Dysautonomia) I spend a lot of time of the couch. Now I have good days, good weeks and sometimes even a good month but the reality is I clock most of my time parked on the couch surrounded with a laptop, iPad and an adorable 4 year old.
The thing I do regularly now that I never thought I would do...
I parent from the couch.
There are obvious parts of parenting from the couch that are not recommended. I don’t like that my kids usually bring me their homework instead of me going to them. I don’t like that on more than one occasion (daily) I raise my voice from the couch to referee some type of dispute when I know it is more effective to go to my kids. I don’t really like that my four year old and I are still in PJs. Now any of those are fine sometimes, but every day and trust me it gets old fast.
I will say this parenting from the couch includes a lot of reading and hugs, that part I am a fan of. When I find myself needing to parent from my cozy spot here are a few of my favorites:
- Cuddle and watch movies (good with kiddos and the man)
- Reading (to kids or just all for me)
- Write a book (or half of one if you’re like me)
- Color (as long as you have a coffee table or are not afraid to lose a few crayons on the couch)
- Play American Idol (kids sing for you, you tell them they are going to Hollywood… or that they are pitchy)
- Age appropriate printable worksheets (9 year old sees this as punishment, 4 year old loves it)
- Headbandz!! (I mean other board games too but this one is just too easy!)
- Watching some really great kids programming (and some Scooby Doo… my youngest wants to solve mysteries)
- Couch Cushion Fort… need I say more??
|Hubby "Is there anything you'd like to do today, anything I can do for you?"|
Me "Umm, how about a couch cushion fort, like a big one, one for me not the kids."
I love him
So let me know:
Are you chronically ill and stuck parenting from the couch? What are some tips?
Are you well and need to get off the couch and get involved? What’s your plan?