Being a stay at home mom has so many benefits. But being a stay at home mom has it’s challenges too. Today I’m sharing a few tips to help you make it through the day as a stay at home mom.
If you are fortunate enough to be a stay at home mom, you know what a joy it can be. The chances of missing your baby’s biggest milestones and moments are generally pretty slim.
There is no dress code, or name tags to be worn. You wear what you want, when you want. However being a stay at home mom can be rough some days.
How to Make it Through the Day When You’re a Stay at Home Mom
Here are some tips to make your life as a stay at home mom even more enjoyable. I hope these stay at home mom tips are helpful!
Start Your Day with Prayer
Being a stay at home mom means you’re probably busy from the moment you wake up until the moment your head hits the pillow at night. Starting your day with God is so important.
In fact, it’s arguably the most important thing you could do to start your day off right! If it’s difficult for you to wake up earlier than your children, even spending five minutes with God before you get out of bed can make all the difference in your day.
It’s that one little step of faith that will start your daily journey off right on the right foot.
“In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.” Psalm 5:3
If you’re able to spend some time in prayer and devotion before your children wake up, I would encourage you to do so. You’ll begin to look forward to that time each day – even if you struggle to wake up in the mornings.
You morning devotion doesn’t have to look a certain way. Make the time special for you. God wants to spend time talking to you!
Morning prayer time – whether it’s a quick prayer before your feet hit the floor or whether it’s a 30 minute devotion – will help you have more patience and more joy in your day!
Keep a Homemaking Routine
While you will have few deadlines to keep up with in the comfort of your own home, there is still plenty to get done. Make it easier on yourself by creating a weekly schedule, and sticking to it.
The more you stay on top of the housework, and other things that need done, the easier, and less stressful your life will be. Pick one day a week that you will dust, one day to clean windows, and so on.
This way you will not feel overloaded with trying to get everything done at once. Old fashioned homemaking routines help you keep your home tidy throughout the week so you can enjoy your weekends.
Staying in the house all day, everyday will make you go stir crazy. Prevent feeling isolated by taking the kids for a walk, or just going outside for some fresh air, and play time.
Maybe even grab a book to enjoy outside if your children are old enough to safely play outside, within sight. I still love going outside and sitting in the sunshine when I have time.
Taking our meals outside on sunny days is a lot of fun too. Just spread a blanket on the ground and use plastic or paper plates. The kids will enjoy it and the sunshine is beneficial for your mood and health.
When my kids were young we spent a lot of time at the park. The kids were able to get their energy out on the playground and it was a lot of fun for me too.
Make Sure the Kids are Doing Their Part
Just because you’re a stay at home mom does not mean that your kids get off the hook from picking up after themselves.
Make sure your kiddos are putting things away when they are done with them, getting their clothes to the dirty clothes pile at the end of the day, and cleaning up their dishes after meals. You can do the heavy duty work, but you should not be bogged down with picking up after everyone.
All children, from the toddler ages to teens are able to contribute something helpful around the house. Chores help teach your children responsibility. Having chores also gives your children a feeling of value and belonging within the family unit.
So don’t feel bad about asking them to help out around the house!
Take a Few Minutes for Yourself
Every stay at home mom needs five minutes to herself. Find those moments, where ever you can. You can get up a few minutes before the kids do. Stay up a few minutes after they go to bed. Relish in the silence during nap time. Those five minutes can really make a difference in your sanity.
It’s okay and a good thing to take care of your mental and physical health. The Bible tells us that our bodies are the temple of God. The Proverbs 31 woman knows how important it is to take care of her spiritual, mental, and physical health. If your cup is empty, it’s a lot harder to fill up someone else’s cup.
“To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:22-24 ESV
Are you a stay at home mom? How do you make it through the day?
Do you have any other tips for stay at home moms to help them make it through the day?
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