I have 6 & 8 year old boys. I have tried so many times to explain to them” How I Feel”. So I made up a game with flash cards stating my body aches and pains. I have them as followed: Tingling, Stabbing, Numb, Burning, Sore, Beating, Throbbing, Fatigue.
Then I can pull a card and explain with the computer we Google each one and then read the explanation. And then I can tell them how it makes me feel. I know this may seem silly but, they have gotten older and needed more info other then me saying Mommy is sick. I felt like a bad mom for so long and I think now that I came up with this they feel apart of my treatment and well being. I have seen them change before my eyes where they would once whine and complain; they now offer to help me and do things for me to help lighten my burden of household duties. I am not saying this will work for everyone. This just worked well with my boys and has made it a little easier explaining my down days. I work very hard to keep a happy face with them and try not to allow Fibro to take away from my children any more then it has already.
Keeping Positive Makes it Better!!! Hugs