Your every move is calculated. You don’t leave a room to go into another without thinking, “what can I take with me or get done while I’m in there?”. Every trip upstairs mandates that you check at least three other things off your list before coming back down.
Even still, it’s all too easy to let the minutes morph into hours, and hours to blur into days. Then, before you know it, the week is over and your to do list (now adorned with your toddler’s cute little ketchup fingerprints) is taunting you from across the room.
Being a Stay At Home/Work from Home Mom (SAHM/WFHM) requires equal parts multi-tasking, organization and preparation to balance all those plates you have spinning. That’s right, forget the hats…it’s a full on circus act some days.
Well, take a breath, mommas. With a little planning and these tips, you can transform the chaos caused by your precious littles and reclaim your sanity.
Makeover Your Mornings
Mornings are EVERYTHING. If you start your morning off with the wrong tone your day is sure to follow suit.
My morning routine usually starts with getting up early enough to have a cup of coffee, check a few emails and prep snacks for the day before the first born wakes. If I’m lucky, I can make it through a second cup but, if not, at least I have enough magic fuel to not be a zombie mom when I greet him. After that, our routine goes a little something like this…
Brush teeth (a family affair)
See Daddy off to work
Breakfast with a side of ABCs (or 123s. Toddler’s choice.)
Get kids dressed for the day
Nothing earth shattering here but the kids are comforted by the familiarity of our routine and when they are happy, Momma is happy!
Schedule Your Day
Ok. I’m a realist and 100% know that planning your day hour-by-hour just isn’t going to happen. It never works with kids and just when you think you’ve got a handle on it, one gets sick. Schedule blown!
HOWEVER, it does help to have a general outline of your day and of what you can accomplish at specific times. Schedule your time in blocks to give you some flexibility but still keep your day structured.
Exit the Building
Sure, school pick-ups and grocery runs technically count. And there have been days where all I could manage was a trip through the Starbucks drive thru. But the point is to GET OUT OF THE HOUSE.
Try to plan one day a week (or every other week) where you get out of the house and do something special with the littles – classes at the library, a trip to the children’s museum, lunch at the park, an ice cream run – or even a shopping trip at Tanger.
Or, if you’re lucky enough to have a great Mom’s Morning Out Program near you, take advantage and go do something for yourself for a couple hours.
Consider it your mental health day!