I feel that as a stay-at-home mom I am truly blessed for the opportunity to spend time with my rambunctious three-year old princess, but that doesn’t mean that some days are harder than others when I do not have the support system in place to be the best stay-at-home om that I can be for my daughter.
When I am constantly surrounded by mounting amounts of laundry, tripping over toys that seem to appear out of nowhere on the floor, after I know that I clearly picked up Elmo only a few hours before breakfast. The endless dishes in the dishwasher, and the organizational strategy that I mastered over the weekend for the week turns into a disaster by lunchtime.
Every mother has things that they must work through in order to keep and maintain their sanity to keep the family ship afloat and running smoothly during the week, month, and year. But I think one of the most over looked job positions is the stay-at-home working mom.
After more than 8 years in the educational field working as a mentor coordinator, teaching assistant, and substitute teacher from all grades from daycare to pre-college, and teaching college classes. I decided to change my career trajectory and stay home when I started having children. I clearly remember that I still attempted to subsitiute teach while pregnant with my son in a middle school.
Soon after my transition out of the work force I can confidently say that staying home with my kids is the most rewarding, and hardest job that I have ever had. It’s mentally challenging, emotionally draining, physically taxing, and can put me in a position of isolation at times. However, things have gotten a bit sweeter with my second child, gaining more wisdom and knowledge of who I am as person and who my daughter is striving to be as a growing toddler.
I think that I graduated from a Bachelors to a Masters in being a stay-at-home mom with the birth of my daughter three years ago. I am a far better mom because I am remembering the things that truly make me happy, and drive me towards building my own personal success. I’ve learned how to take better care of myself, and in the process I can better take care of my family.
My desire is that these ways will encourage, inspire, and motivate you of being the best stay-at-home mom to your children. I want to you to feel that I have given you a “priceless gift,” of tools to not only keep your sanity but to honor your spirit in the best job in the world and that is being a mother.
7 simple ways to keep your sanity as a stay-at-home mom
1. Get showered and dressed and ready for the day each morning & Eat a healthy breakfast: I think that waking up showering and getting dressed is the best way to feel productive in the morning. When you take the time to eat a healthy breakfast with your child it is a great start to your day too!
2. Set up your week on Sunday night with four main goals to reach for the week: Setting up your week on Sunday night is an awesome way to have clarity for the busy week ahead, it is like having a blue print designed and ready for the week.
3. Get active with exercise and do a morning run/walk: I believe that getting plenty of exercise is not only healthy but crucial to maintain energy to chase after your little one while you are home.
4. Create a cohesive schedule/structure for your day: Time blocking has been a God send for me, once I discovered that working early in the morning at least two hours to check e-mails, edit blog posts, make phone calls, and other things for work. Than by noon it is time for reading, and playing with my daughter followed by lunch, naptime, and prepping for family dinner.
5. Continue to do the things that you love creatively outside of motherhood: I really love this one, because this seems to be the hardest one for me! However, I have returned to painting, yoga, and slowly but surely a clear and concise running schedule! All of these activities are important to me, simply because I indulged heavily in all of them prior to becoming a Mom.
6. Wake up before your family for prayer, devotionals, and affirmations with a positive attitude: I have to start my day with this morning routine of prayer, affirmations, and devotionals. My faith and spirituality help to keep me in balance and in tune with my heavenly Father each morning.
7. Take a mommy time out by relaxing during the day with a small nap, or bubble baths during the week with special music and your favorite books: Taking time out whenever I can is important to re-group, re-energize, and find true fulfillment of self each day.