You don’t feel like doing anything around the house. You don’t want to cook breakfast, lunch or dinner. All you feel like doing is staying in bed all day. You’re depressed!
Your kids are running though the house like chimpanzees. They sense your change in mood. They’re less responsive to your requests because they know they have a good chance of getting away with not responding. How do you discipline your kids when you’re feeling down in the dumps?
First of all, you have to help yourself before you can help your kids. It’s hard to accept at the time, but try remembering you won’t feel like this forever. What you’re feeling is a phase that will pass. Allah says in Quran: “Verily, with hardship there is relief.” (Qur’an 94:6) And Allah never fails in His promise. In the mean time, allow yourself permission to do less in your home. The house won’t disintegrate if the dishes aren’t washed, carpet isn’t vacuumed, or 3-course-meal isn’t served for dinner. Why not purchase packages of paper plates, cups and bowls and plastic spoons and forks. It works great as an occasional preventive for a dirty kitchen. Continue reading