Your stay at home mom schedule is super important.
How you conduct your daily days determines a lot in your life. Your mood level, your energy, how much you get done, how satisfied you feel at the end of the day… So on and so forth.
Being a stay at home mom is a tricky job, it definitely isn’t easy.
To make things a little bit easier for you, in this blog we are going to talk about how you can construct your stay at home mom schedule so that things can go as smoothly as possible for you and the kids.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that things magically won’t be tricky anymore overnight and it doesn’t mean that every day will be an easy one.
But it does mean that you have the best chance possible. And we think that is well worth it.
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How you conquer your mornings in your stay at home mom schedule can determine how you conquer the entire day. Get the morning right, and everything after goes much easier.
One of the very best things you can do for yourself is get up before your children do in the morning. Not too early, you don’t want to be tired for the rest of the day and you don’t want to be grouchy before your kids have even woken up yet. But you do want just enough time so that you can do some self-care and get a head start on your day’s tasks.
You might want to launch into being productive straight away but it is important to take some time for yourself first.
Have a cup of tea, write in a journal, and maybe do some yoga.
Get yourself feeling calm and focused so that by the time your children wake up you feel ready to tackle the day.
This is also a great time to get yourself washed and dressed before your kids get up so that you can do it uninterrupted.
Once your kids wake up, that is where the second portion of the morning starts. And then it’s all go.
Try and pace yourself throughout the morning and don’t try and do too much all at once. Your stay at home mom schedule encompasses all hours of the day, so don’t burn through your energy just in the morning.
Try and focus on: changing and washing, breakfast, and dressing.
If you accomplish just that in the morning, that is ok.
Making sure your children get a good, balanced breakfast is one of the best ways to set them up for the day. But, with kids, the process can take a while, and that is ok. You have time.
In and around these important tasks, encourage some free play, maybe some dancing. Get your kids ready for the day with some energy-burning and some happiness. This will also buy you a little time to focus on your other kids and/or make sure you are keeping up with your own eating and getting ready.
Could be time for another cup of tea here.
Before and around lunchtime is a great time to get your kids out of the house for a while. After the chaos of the morning is over, this is the perfect time for a walk or some play outside. Maybe an external activity or some time with other moms/kids.
Keeping your kids cooped up in the house all day will only make their behaviour worse and your mood worse.
The middle of the day is the perfect spot in your stay at home mom schedule to be out of the home. Whether it be rain, hail or shine, that outside time is super important.
You can kill two birds with one stone here and do some tasks/errands for yourself. Going to the shop and walking there with your kids helps you knock off two things at once from your list.
The early afternoon could be nap time for a lot of kids and that means – rest time for you!
While you might still have lots to do, it’s really important that you take consistent time in your stay at home mom schedule to rest and recover. If you don’t, you will end up much more stressed and overwhelmed by the end of the day.
If you nap, or at least lie down and relax now, you can have more energy later on in the day to deal with some chores and admin.
Take your time and take it easy. We all need a break.
After nap time and rest, it’s time to kick things up again. The afternoon is another good time for play, fun, and maybe some at-home learning.
Your kids should have a good level of energy at this time of day so it’s a good time to use it to your advantage.
If your kids are old enough, it can be a super idea to involve them in some of the chores and tasks about the house that you need to do. You aren’t alone in the house so don’t feel that you need to do everything alone. Enlist some help and you will see things go much more easily.
Use the afternoon to your advantage, burn off your kids’ energy, and then it will be time to wind down for the evening.
Your stay at home schedule ends in the evening time. After dinner is done and your kids are in bed, it is time for you to relax, work on yourself, and get ready for the next day ahead.
Make sure you use this time to remember you aren’t just a mom, you are a person too. Read, do hobbies, talk to friends, do courses… Whatever it is that makes you feel like you.
And then, the stay at home mom schedule for the next day begins on the current day.
Prepare for your next day like you are closing a shift in a restaurant or store. The better you can get things sorted out tonight, the easier it will be in the morning.
You are your own best friend with this.
Good luck and keep up the good work!