Being a stay-at-home mom doesn’t mean that you have to have a dull, lonely life. Your life doesn’t have to be day after day of wearing yoga pants and doing monotonous chores. You can have a very full life that you love every minute of! Here’re 7 tips to make that happen. #ReaderKnows
1. Sign Your Children up for Some Activities
One great way to get you and your little darlings out of the house is to sign them up for some activities. Soccer moms rarely ever feel bored; how can they when they’re busy watching their little ones score? Ask your children what activities they’d enjoy and get them started. If they’re too young to express their interest in activities, enroll them in one you think they’d like. You can always switch them to something different later.
2. Pursue Your Passions
When you’re a stay-at-home mom, you’re in a perfect position to pursue your passions. You have more time on your hands to pursue the things you’ve always dreamed of. Maybe you’ve always wanted to try your hand at painting or you want to write a novel. This’s a great season of life to do those things. You can also enjoy hobbies you’ve always loved.
3. Keep up Your Friendships
Don’t let your friendships go when you’re a stay at home mom. You need friends at every stage of life, including when you’re a stay-at-home mom. They’re especially vital then because you don’t have as much adult interaction as when you’re working outside the home. If you don’t really have a lot of friends, it’s never to late to make new ones. Introduce yourself to other moms at the park or at story hour. You never know, one of them could become a lifelong best friend.
4. Get Some Alone Time
Just because you’re home doesn’t mean you automatically get alone time. If you’re the mother of small children then chances are you rarely ever get alone time. You probably do well to go to the bathroom by yourself. Arrange to go out alone on occasion or even have your partner take the kids to the park or on another outing so you can have the house completely to yourself. Having some alone time is necessary to have balance.
5. Invest in Your Relationship
Your relationship will always need time and attention if you want it to flourish and grow. This’s especially true during the parenting years when it’s very easy for your relationship to get shoved to the back burner. Be intentional about investing in your relationship. Plan date nights and special times to enjoy together when you can’t get a sitter. A healthy relationship with your partner is part of having a full life.
6. Don’t Neglect Exercise
Exercise offers many benefits. It helps you to have better health, boosts your self-esteem and helps you manage stress. It can also be a great way to get some social interaction if you go to a gym or an exercise class. Don’t rule those options out just because you have children. Many gyms and fitness centers offer childcare that you can take advantage of in order to get your daily workout.
7. Consider Working from Home
Being a stay-at-home mom is a job. There’s no doubt about that. But if you still want to keep one foot in the work world then working from home may be a good compromise for you. There’re many options when it comes to working from home. You could sell a product, be a virtual assistant, a call center employee or other things.
These’re 7 ways to make sure you have a full life as a stay-at-home mom. What are your biggest struggles as a stay-at-home mom? What do you feel is missing in your life?