praying while caring for little children can sometimes be a challenge…
and once again I need to remind myself to stay patient and mercyful and to think about how our beloved prophet (sas) dealt with such situations:
“The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) came out to lead us in either maghrib or ‘isha’-prayer one night, and he was carrying Hassan or Husain (his grandsons). The Messenger of Allah came forward and put (the child) down, then he said takbir and started to pray. During the prayer, he prostrated and made his prostration long.
My father said: “I raised my head and I saw the child on the back of the Messenger of Allah whilst he was prostrating, so I returned to my prostration.”
When the Messenger of Allah finished praying, the people said:
“O Messenger of Allah, during your prayer you prostrated for so long that we thought something had happened or that you were receiving Revelation.”
He said: “Nothing at all happened, but my son was riding on my back and I did not want to disturb him until he had had enough.”
(An-Nisa’i, Reported by Abdullah ibn Shaddad from his father)