Did you know: I have a PhD in being tired and cranky. I’m not an expert and many things, but on being tired and cranky, I qualify for an award.
Gone for days without sleep? Yep done a field study on that.
Risen to feel like vomiting because of fatigue? Yep, experienced that.
Woken up with a splitting headache? Many times.
Three letters: PMT? Attend monthly meeting.
Struggle to make dinner for fear of falling asleep in the cooking pot? What’s that on my face?
Can’t put two words together? All. ____ . Time.
I’m tired and cranky — a lot — and sometimes, I wonder how I’m going to get through the day. Visions of skipping around with a child holding a balloon quickly dissipates after a few dodgy night’s sleep. Instead, I end up snapping at everyone and everything in my path. What I’ve found to be most helpful is to be brutally honest, with myself and my children. I’ve discovered my children to be truly compassionate and understanding.
Dr Tired and Cranky tips:
If you are short with your child, make sure they know you are not angry with them.
Be prepared to say sorry.
On really tired and cranky days, just do the basics around the house.
Have a pick-me-up. On a extra-tired day (okay, almost everyday) I stop at a drive-through Zarraffa’s for coffee.
Read books to your child/ren. When I’m so tired, I can hardly stand, I sit and read to my children for hours. It makes me wonder if being tired is actually a really good thing sometimes.
Always have a spare frozen meal. I admit to buying frozen lasagna for cranky days, but if you love cooking, make a meal every now and again to freeze.
If you can, have a nap. (Okay, okay — that was a silly suggestion).
Must. Sleep. Now.
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