Okay, Stay at Home or Work From Home Moms – I’m back with more tips for your daily routines. If you remember from my last post, they mainly focused on scheduling your day to create balance and structure, while allowing the necessary flexibility for the littles and even to get a little work done if you’re a WFHM.
This week, I’m going to share some specific activities to add to your routine for both you and the kiddos.
Kids LOVE to help and feel like they are contributing in their own way. I joke with my husband all the time that our kids are my “Unhelpful Helpers” but seeing the pride on their faces when they help mommy makes it totally worth it.
A few of my kids’ favorite helper activities are:
- Making lunches and snacks together
- Planting or picking out new flowers (playing in the dirt is a real treat)
- Checking items off our grocery list as we add them to the cart
- Emptying the dishwasher, picking up the playroom or taking out the trash (Have I mentioned my toddler’s obsession with the trash service?)
Some we do daily and others are weekly, but designating activities that they can be included in and that won’t cause extra work in the long run (because who needs that?) is a great way to check things off your list and teach the littles new skills.
Put Yourself on the To Do List
Carving out some “me time” is probably the MOST difficult thing for us moms, and it’s often the first one that gets bumped in favor of something else.
Am I right?
It’s as important as anything else you’ll do as a SAHM. You need to give yourself a break from being on call 24/7 because, let’s face it, there’s no clocking out at 5 PM.
Whether you work a few hours a week to keep those professional brain cells active, go to the gym (preferably with childcare), join a book club, schedule a mani/pedi or make a quick shopping trip to Tanger…just do SOMETHING for yourself.
Little things like these go a long way in making you more patient and productive in the long run, even if it seems impossible to work them into your schedule.
It’s very easy to hover over our kids when we’re home with them all day but independent playtime can be great for the littles. I’ve found that when I step back and allow them to just be kids I get to watch their creativity and imaginations come to life.
I typically set out coloring books, memory games or other activities that aren’t readily available. Sometimes they play with them and sometimes they end up playing with the box the crayons came in. Either way, I let them have 30 minutes of free play where they choose what they want to do while I work (or finish my now cold cup of coffee) nearby.
Let It Go
This is more of an anti-activity and, admittedly, I’m not the best at this one but Elsa (like her or not) was onto something here.
I learned quickly when we went from one child to two that I was going to have to let go of some things. I have designated days of the week that I do light cleaning and handle our family finances, then I HAVE to step back and not touch them again until the next week.
Having this schedule in place has been HUGE in actually being able to be productive and ENJOY THE TIME I have at home with my kids.
So…pick the things that you can let go of easily or even just cut back on them as a starting point. I promise this will make you infinitely less stressed.