Cough, cough, sneeze, complain.
My ears are ringing with -Mommy I'm thirsty, not hungry, I don't want to go to school, my throat hurts, I want ice cream and I don't want to get out of bed- unless of course you will let me watch my favorite movie while lying on the couch.
This past week has been a "sick-storm" at our house. Lots of coughing, sneezing and fevers from both kids. And now the husband is sick and I am on the verge. Lots of home remedies floating around just to see what will stick and what will actually help.
Getting our work done while everyone is sick and you are on the verge, is really difficult.
Never underestimate the power of determination. As a mother, I know its hard to do your work when we are going through something like this. Here are some of the things that help me through.
1. Be flexible
If there is one thing I have learned with having a family of sick kids and one husband- it is that you have to be a little more lenient with your time. Don't get frustrated when they come down with a sickness. It is not their fault after all and depending on what is wrong will depend on how often you will need to be with them helping them get comfortable and speeding up their recovery.
2. Be understanding
Understanding how they feel is hard to do when you are not sick too. Sometimes just asking simple questions such as if the person's throat hurts or where their body hurts can help you solve the problem quicker. Get really specific with how to help them. This may seem really obvious but I find myself loosing track of their needs if they are not vocal about them. Not only will it make them feel more loved, it will help them get better faster if their specific needs are being met.
3. Don't forget your true priorities
We know work is important. We know that family is important. It is hard sometimes to decide which one is the more of a priority of the two in the moment. While I am not saying that work should ALWAYS take a back-seat, I do know that kids are only young once and the need to make them feel loved is short lived. Try to remember that when it's time to comfort them. What is our purpose in life? Everything goes back to the same question. How do you want to remember your family?
All in all, this is how documentary photography should be.
Be flexible in what you do at your session, be understanding that things may not go as planned and most of all let go of things you need to do at that moment and focus on your priorities.
Want to book a session with me? Contact me today to set up your next family photo session! Of course when everyone feels good it would be more ideal, so let's chat!