Being a stay-at-home mom is hard enough without getting the side-eye upon this proclamation.
Usually followed by the infamous “Oh, that’s…interesting,” dripped in a condescending tone
that would make any know-it-all jealous. Despite what other’s opinions or views are on embracing
the task of being a stay-at-home parent, it’s one of the most gratifying experiences.
That’s why we’ve compiled seven survival tips for stay-at-home moms or dads.
- Get organised
Planner lovers – this one’s for you!
Non-planner lovers, this one’s also for you.
We’ve all fallen victim to ‘pregnancy brain’ but did you know that it’s easy to be as
forgetful once the bun is out of the oven?
Get organized and make note of your day-to-day tasks, whether it’s on
your device or stuck on a fridge. Having your tasks laid out in a place that’s accessible
makes life a whole lot easier.
Check out the Cozi planner. Cozi is a family organizer that helps you and the
rest of your family keep track of appointments, activities, grocery lists and more.
Get the entire family to chip in on chores so your significant other won’t have an excuse for not taking out the rubbish.
- Learn to love routine
If you’re used to being the life of the party and expecting the unexpected then
this might be hard for you. Sometimes boring and repetitive equals an easier life.
Although, when babies are involved, life is far from boring.
Creating routines is the easiest and most convenient way to stick to your plans
and keeping organized. Once you solidify your routine, you’ll see how much it
can simplify your life immediately.
Take it easy and start with something as simple as an evening routine then
extend it to the different times of the day.
- Get up and get outside!
Move your body! Yes, we know that not everyone will be rushing to the gym
as soon as the baby’s out but, you need to be moving. Yes, we won’t dispute
that running after a fast toddler who’s managed to stuff something
questionable in their mouth is cardio but, going outside for fresh air is good for you and your health.
You can do this by either taking walks with your baby or dedicating
a moment of quiet in the morning before the kids are up. Don’t forget that
exercising is also a natural stress reliever.
- Girl, get a hobby!
It’s easy to centre your life around being a stay-at-home mom and or homemaker.
Don’t let it consume your time so much that you don’t have time for new
hobbies are enjoying your old ones. While the kids are away or asleep, take time
out of your day to do the things that bring you peace.
That painting won’t finish itself and that storybook won’t write itself.
Neglecting your passions and interest will only leave you with regret.
There’s a good chance that not engaging in your hobbies will build resentment.
- Meet up with other Stay-At-Home moms
No one understands parental drama like other parents. Who else won’t judge you
for the various shirt stains from burping and or leaks from when you’re breastfeeding?
Building a community is essential for when you need someone to vent to or someone
who understands what you’re going through.
- Hire a babysitter
Too much of a good thing won’t be good for long! You and your little ones are in
it for the long haul. Sometimes a babysitter would be best to create some healthy distance.
This gives you time to focus on other things like your new interests, date night with
your significant other or most – catching on some much-needed sleep.
- Keep the romance alive!
It’s easy to forget that your baby isn’t the only one that needs some love and affection.
Passion isn’t limited to whaling when it’s feeding time. You and your significant other
need love too. Dedicate time for them at least once a week. Keeping the
romance alive can be in the form of a date night with the use of a babysitter or mornings
before the baby’s up. Find whatever methods work for you in keeping the romance alive.
If keeping to a dedicated schedule and routine stokes the flame, then go for it.
Need more useful parenting tips and advice? You can read our other blogs here.
We’d love to hear what other tips you would give Stay-At-Home moms!