Being a stay at home mom is no joke. It’s like customer service with the crankiest, messiest, non communicative customers at times. But the good days are absolutely amazing and give you a feeling of love, success, and accomplishment that you couldn’t get anywhere else. It can take a lot of work, especially on those rough days, so here are a few of my tips on how to “survive” being a stay at home mom:
Find time for you in each day even if it is a 10 minute shower with no disruptions. Turn on some music, use your favorite scented soap, and enjoy the time alone.
Prepare outfits for the week this will save you time every day. Just get it all done at once and you’ll have one less thing to do each morning!
Fix meals that can be reheated throughout the week. Portion out what you can for quick-grab snacks.
Pick your battles …really! I often find myself saying no about things that don’t really matter, making myself become even more stressed. I’ve found that letting go of the minor things can really make a difference.
Schedule your week on Saturday or Sunday with activities and places to go during the week. Getting out is great for everyone and will help everyone’s moods. Just make sure you prepare everything ahead of time to make it easier on you – snacks, entertainment for the car ride or restaurant, etc. Many libraries have reading times and activities for toddlers in the mornings, perhaps you could go to the zoo, or just hang out at a park. If it’s on the calendar and pre-planned, you are more likely to stick to it.
Create a daily schedule. It can be flexible or set, but a schedule of your basic daily activities will help reduce the chaos as the kids get used to it. A sample of things to include: breakfast, brushing teeth, getting dressed, craft time, math practice, tv time, snack, nap, etc.
Meet other stay at home moms. Not only is it great to set up play dates and have someone to talk to, but you can arrange to watch each others kids alternating weeks to allow each other free time for a date night, quiet time at home, or whatever is needed. You can meet through online groups, local gatherings, church, parks, or simply through your school.