Your husband is heading out the door for work, and you are beginning a new chapter in your life as a stay at home mom. You thought about doing the whole daycare thing and pursuing your career, but you did not want your kids growing up with you not around to see it. Kids are special, and if you miss out on being a significant part of their childhood, you will not be able to go back and change that later. Here are four tips to help you survive the day-to-day as a busy stay at home mom.
Leave the House
It might be exciting to think you are going to finally get to sit around all afternoon and watch soap operas and talk shows while the kids sleep, but you will find you will get bored with this quicker than you think. By planning to do activities outside the home, you will not only get your kids active, but you will find it is a welcome break to being stuck at home with the kids all the time. Plus, your kids need to experience the great outdoors.
Scheduling Play Dates
As a stay at home mom, you will undoubtedly run into another stay at home moms in your situation. This is an opportunity to get your kids out playing with other kids, making friends and even getting some one-on-one time with other adults your age. Also, when you take your kids to someone else’s house for a playdate, this keeps your home from becoming messy, and that means a lot less cleaning for you to have to do.
Keep Your Plumber on Speed Dial
It is almost noon, and your washing machine is back flooding the bathroom again. You cannot imagine what is causing this to happen, and this is why you need local plumbing services on speed dial that you can get over to your place to help you manage a real emergency like this. Your plumber can pop in to check out your washer and see what they can do to prevent your pipes from drenching your bathroom floor every time you need to do laundry. Additionally, they can help you with any other type of residential plumbing repair needs you might have.
Hire Some Help
Every day is going to be filled with loads of housework on top of having to take care of your kids. Some days this work will get a little overwhelming. It will seem like your to-do list is never finished. It might be time to consider hiring someone to come in a few times a week to help you stay on top of all the housework. Not only will this give you more time with your kids, but this is another way to have some adult contact too.
It has been a few months now, and you are starting to settle into the stay at home mom role. It was hard at first, but you are rapidly on your way to being a seasoned pro. In fact, you and your husband are thinking about adding a third child to the family dynamic.