Real talk, you can be a happy stay at home mom. And I’m not talking content with knowing your babies are safe while sacrificing a life outside of the home. I am talking a happy stay-at-home mom who relishes in a life home with her children daily. Motherhood was always in my cards. I am convinced that my baby brother was God’s gift to me more so than to my parents. I adored that boy from the moment I met him at the tender age of three. He always felt like my responsibility and I mothered him, probably more than I should have. After all being a mom is the reason I was put on this earth. It’s no surprise that I am now a mom to three. In fact if I had it my way there might be a couple more little one’s in my brood. Being a stay at home mom is my dream job, but it can quickly go sour and at times I have found myself unhappy,with a short fuse, and more stressed than normal. Being a stay at home mom is hard work filled with highs and lows.
How To Be A Happy Stay At Home Mom
You need to step out of the jammies, put some real clothes on and fix your hair, even if you have nowhere to go. Take care of yourself by spending time giving doing things that make you feel confident in your own skin. Give yourself a manicure, shave your legs and swipe on some mascara.
There was a time where I felt obligated to have my house perfect, that was short-lived because kids are messy, dishes pile up and the laundry; don’t even get me started on the amount of laundry we have daily. Don’t let housework overwhelm you. I have made it clear to my husband that I will not let my house get to the point where I am embarrassed to have someone over, but he can not expect me to have the house pristine without his help and I am going to put my kids first. After all I’d rather be outside with my kids, than inside scrubbing floors. My rule to myself is that I have dinner on the table by six at least four nights a week. If I can maintain that task and everyone safe and happy, it’s a successful day in my book.
Being a stay-at-home mom doesn’t mean you have to stay-at-home 24/7. If paying for a gym membership isn’t in your budget, get out the stroller and go for a walk at a park. The change of scenery a couple of times a week is good for you and baby.
Pick up a hobby
Don’t let mommy brain set in. Baby all day everyday is overwhelming. Take your mind off of baby for a bit by tending to an herb garden, playing brain games or attempting something from pinterest.
Plan Errands Around a Sitter
Running errands outside of home with children can be overwhelming. Especially when you have a long list of to do’s. Leave baby with the in-laws or schedule a sitter to stay while you run errands. You can plan a day to get all of your errands done without tackling an outing alone with children.
Since we are talking sitters, we can’t forget the night out sans kids. Plan a monthly night out alone with your other half.
A happy stay at mom is essentially someone who puts there needs at the forefront. If you are happy, the entire family will enjoy home life. Do you have any tips to share on being a happy stay at home mom? I’d love to hear them.