- Many kids may learn from-and may even enjoy-nursing their own parents.
- Your medications are as essential as all supplies of your kids when you venture out.
- Never bring guilt into the equation, as that will just add more emotional pain to the physical.
Experiencing migraine as a parent can be sometimes unpleasant. Besides caring for your kids, you also have to worry about your own health, and most of the time your kids may not understand your pain and ordeal.
Even though situation is not easy, you can always take few steps to make parenting with migraine more manageable. I am discussing few tips:
Keep Trusted People on Deck
Most of the times you may want to do it all. But when a attack occurs, you’re likely to need someone to pinch hit. Whether it’s your parents or one of your siblings, or even a nanny who’s will to spend more time if you have a debilitating migraine, always talk to trusted adults in your life and know who you can immediately call when you need some help.
Always Bring Your Migraine Medication
It’s not easy to predict when a migraine is going to occur, but you need to make sure you’re prepared. Getting stuck without your medications is bad enough when you’re all alone, and experience can be worse if you have kids with you. Bringing your migraine medications is as essential as brining all necessary supplies of your kids when you venture out.
Get Your Kids Involved
Migraine can drastically reduce the time you spend with your family, but there are some ways to be with your kids even during a migraine. For instance, you may want to turn off lights and ask your kids to practice reading short stories to you, or you can sit in their play area while they play around you.
Just as most parents care for their kids when they are sick, many kids learn from-and may even enjoy-playing nurse to their own parents. So if they have capability, let them bring you your medications or ice cap and help you feel better.
Dole Out Responsibility
When you’re in pain, it can be a lifesaver of your children to understand how to take care of themselves in small ways. Obviously, you would want to keep your kids to their devices as long as it’s safe for them, but empowering an elementary schooler to pour their own cereal or select their own clothes when you’re experiencing a migraine attack will not only help you, but will also start to teach some valuable life lessons about self sufficiency.
Don’t Indulge in Guilt
It’s easy to feel guilty because your family may have change some plans or you may have to stop helping as much around the house. But never bring guilt into equation, as that may add lot of emotional pain to your physical migraine pain. So remind yourself that there are so may unexpected things that can easily change plans at the last minute, such as a changed deadline, a work project, or bad weather; migraines aren’t the only things that can interrupt schedules.
Explain your Situation
It’s not wise to scare your kids about your health, or about their own potential future if they inherit your migraines, but it’s necessary that they learn what’s happening to you. Remind them how they appreciated people’s care and understanding, and explain that you also appreciate those things. Also, draw a parallel to the time they weren’t feeling well.