Last week I faced two crying moms on two unrelated visits to Lice Clinics Medford. These moms were of different races, lived in different towns, and their children were different ages (one elementary and one high school). We point out these differences, not because they are a big deal, but because it is so touching that the reaction of each mom seems to follow a universal pattern of love and the desire to protect.
Caring, loving parents feel horrible when their children get lice. This is especially the case if the child has a moderate case of lice that has gone unnoticed, or if they have been complaining over the last week or two about itchiness. Moms often feel bad that they didn’t take the complaints about itching seriously, or that they dismissed the complaints as just being caused by “dry skin” or “poor grooming ability”. Dads express that they are “…at a loss for how this could have happened” to their kids.
Look, we all are busy. We are trying to juggle life, work, family, finances, sports and homework. We are searching for a bit of relaxation in all of this hectic juggling. It is almost impossible to do it all without letting something slide at one time or another.
It is human nature to feel a sense of disappointment at the time the lice infestation is confirmed, but we have to give ourselves a break, as mothers and fathers. This is especially true when you are actively taking the best steps to remedy the problem. Instead of thinking or saying “I failed. How could I have missed this? I feel so bad for not listening”, remember the fact that once you eventually suspected lice, you REFUSED to let your child go one more day dealing with the itching, scratching and bugs! You acted! You got rid of it by bringing in the experts! That’s worth celebrating – so relax, give yourself a huge pat on the back, and continue on, Lice Free!