7 Stay-Sane, Stay-At-Home Mom Survival TipsHaving been a 12-year stay-at-home mom veteran, I’ve learned there’s more beneath the surface of the job than spending lackadaisical, playful days with your bundles of joy.
The challenges equally match the rewards, and you may wonder how you could possibly feel so exhausted after a simple day at home with the children. When taking on this multi-faceted position, remember these survival tips.
You really do have one of the best jobs in the world!
Join a Moms’ GroupOne of the best decisions I made was to join a moms’ group. Not only did my children meet playmates, I made friends who made the travails of motherhood easier to manage.
Go online to find moms’ groups in your area. There are a variety to choose from with different focuses and activities to fit most moms’ needs. If you can't find one, organize your own informal playgroup with friends, neighbors and/or relatives.
VolunteerI started volunteering for the moms’ group I joined because they needed a warm body, but it did wonders for my self-worth and for building and maintaining my job skills. Even if you offer a few hours a week to a charity or business, it’s more than enough to feel like you’re contributing to something important and achieving goals beyond motherhood.
Make Time for YourselfYou are a Very Important Person. If you take time for yourself, you’ll find you’re a much calmer, happier mom because you took care of you. Find a creative outlet that works for you (i.e. scrapbooking, playing a sport, reading). I’ve always enjoyed writing, so here I am!
Enjoy Your ChildrenOne of the perks of this job is spending time with your children and watching them grow. Being a parent is hard work with the daily drudgery of chores, child-rearing and the household snafus, but time goes by so fast and children grow up quickly. Take a moment to breathe and delight in your child’s laughter. I can’t say I miss diaper changes, but I do miss my sweet, rosy-cheeked babies.
Build a Support SystemFind those go-to gals who will help you when times are tough. Offer support to good friends who can assist you with babysitting, hand-me-downs, a shoulder to cry on, or someone to vent to. And it doesn’t just have to be another mom – it can be any sympathetic person you can count on.
Don’t Compare Yourself to Other MomsFind what routines and methods in raising your children work for you. Remember that what works for someone else and someone else’s child may not work for you. Don’t forget that each child you have may require different routines and methods. Be the best mom YOU can be and own it.
Know You’re Not AloneIt’s not the first or last time that your child will whine for candy at the store while the baby’s diaper is overloaded, and you’ve just discovered you left your keys locked in the car. When you just want to scream and run away to a tropical island – alone – remember that some other mom out there is facing the same obstacles, circumstances and situations that you are. Tomorrow really is another day.
Updated June 6, 2016