Today, the stay-at-home mom is a dying breed, finding fulfillment and contentment in this difficult decision is a struggle, but with the right sense of humor, and your families best interest at heart, you can survive this . To keep from being the couch potato, bon-bon eating diva, finding things to do shouldn’t be a problem with any active family. A few suggestions to keep you busy are listed below.
Getting housework done- During the school year this should be a snap. Getting housework done early will allow you to rest before your kids come home and undo everything you’ve accomplished. As with any task, pacing yourself and being organized will make a huge difference.
Clean your kids closets- This is a good time to see what’s been growing right under your nose. That odd smell coming from little Billy’s room could be the missing family hamster or, it could be the leftover ice cream carton he hid in his hamper for the past 3 months that is giving off a bad odor. Take before and after pictures of your task in advance. Let your children and your husband see what it takes to keep your home in order. Being appreciated is worth a lot to a stay at home mom.
Clean out the couch cushions- This is a good time to find change that you can secretly put into a “I Found it in the Couch Piggy Bank”. Who says cleaning doesn’t pay?…not to mention, you may find things you aren’t expecting..like popcorn, car keys, a hair roller, toys or a sucker stuck to the bottom of the cushion.. you could start your own Ebay business on the things you find in the couch.
Take a long hot bath- One thing all moms relish is the time to take a long hot bath. When your kids are home, this is a luxury that is seldom afforded. Who can think deep thoughts while soaking in a tub with kids banging on the bathroom door about how “Johnny hid the remote control and the TV is stuck on the weather channel”, it never occurs to them to turn the TV manually.
Make kids do homework early- Nothing screams “headache” like a little voice knocking on your bedroom door at 10:30 pm saying “mom, I forgot to tell you my science project was due yesterday”. You don’t want to be up until the wee-hours of the morning with scissors, poster board, glue and a kid that is sleeping in a chair while you finish his project.
Have supper ready by 4 pm. – This may seem a tad early to some, but if you have it ready then you can go ahead and feed your kids immediately after they do their homework..This will allow the whole family that much needed “down” time in the evening. Having the family chip in and clean up after supper will make your morning a more enjoyable experience, and actually allow you more time to do things that have been put on hold.
Those summer months- Be prepared, your house will stay a mess, you will hear words like “I’m bored, there’s nothing to dooooooo” and your grocery bill will be twice as high as normal. Finding ways to get the kids to stay occupied will take some strategy. Parks, Libraries and walks through the neighborhood are good for all of you, plan ahead.
If You Cant Beat Them…..join them- Forget about housework, or at least try and play video games with your children, go outside and play old fashioned games like “Mother May I” and “Simon Says”. The memories you create are never regretted. Remember, keep your sense of humor. It is good for children to see mom laughing. The house work isn’t going anywhere, and if you work really hard at it..you will find your inner child again.