In 2023, I want to have more space to think clearly and creatively. I want to be more efficient. I want to have more energy for myself and for my family. With this in mind, here’s what I’m going to focus on as I start the new year.
Taking your child to the emergency room is one of those unforgettable rites of passage as a parent. A fun morning at the playground can take a turn when a kid falls from the monkey bars. An endless evening with a feverish baby can turn into a middle-of-the-night drive to the hospital. No trip to the emergency room is stress-free. However, there are ways to make it stress-manageable. Here are a few things I’ve learned by navigating ER visits with kids.
What I value most about this game is how I can see the world from their perspectives—what they think about, what they observe, hear, and notice. Their questions and answers make me more cognizant of what I’m saying to them, around them, and of what I’m showing them, on purpose or not.
No matter how old we are, it is so helpful to realize that feelings like frustration, overwhelm, incompetency, and fear are valid and normal. One way we can help our kids learn how to work through struggles is to let them see and hear us work through our own. If your home is anything like mine, you’ll have opportunities to model moving through frustration, overwhelm, incompetency and fear multiple times every day.
When I see older kids posting their own stories on Instagram, I sense that in one swipe, my own children will be driving off to their first summer jobs and beyond.