As most of you know I am a stay at home mom & I have been for the last 5 years. I love being home with my babies.. I love watching them growing, teaching them & spending as much time with them as possible. It's truly a gift that I am not thankful for enough. I have days were I am pulling out my hair.. literally because no matter how much I clean or tell the girls to pick up.. it never gets done & stays done. Most people think staying home is not a job.. well I have a million other parents to back me up when I say its probably the most stressful, hardest & yet the most rewarding job you will ever have.
My kids seem to control things here.. I know some think that is crazy & that I have lost my mind but hey.. I pick my battles & cleaning constantly is something I just give up on. We have three kids.. three girls that means three times the mess.. so no matter how often I clean I have at least one little one behind me taking things back out. It's life.. I am just a momma trying to survive in a toddler filled world.. so here are some tips on how to NOT LOSE your cool if you decided to be a stay at home mom..
#1 ALWAYS ALWAYS have at least 2 bottles of wine on hand.. you never know when you are going to drink an entire bottle after the kids go to bed
#2 Make sure you you try to get at least 6 hours of sleep each night.. my kids are up between 7am & 8 am so if I decided to stay up late this is what I look like in the morning.. but coffee is my savor even on days when I do get enough sleep.. it just gets me motivate & happy.. & leaves me Bright, cheerful & one happy momma...
So parents its vital to have that coffee.. & I honestly didn't start drinking regular coffee until this year.. I was a latte junky for years.
#3 Make shopping trips fun & go to kid friendly places.. I love going to Whole Foods.. not just because the food is amazing but because they all love my kids.. & they have cute shopping carts that let the girls help mommy with shopping (just make sure you are far enough ahead that heals aren't being run over cause that is no fun)
#4 Go to the movies during the week. Most stat at home mom's are their with their kids & yes their babies so it makes it easier to have even the baby with us.. plus its cheaper during the day on weekdays. We try to go at least once or twice a month.
#5 Find something creative to do that can help distress during nap time. I love to sew & to make things. I also have people buy my blankets too which brings in extra money.. momma money hehe
#6 Make sure to have a girls night at least once a month. I admit I am horrible about doing this because I feel guilty but serious once I do get out even if its just for an hour I feel a million times better..
#7 Have at least one of your kids (if not all of them) in a sport, dance or gym class. It gives you 30 min to an hour to sit & relax & savor the moment as your child glows.. I know its spendy but their are free kids activities in your area I am sure you just have to find them.
Ps: this is actually something good not just for you but your child as well. It makes them interact with other children their ages & gives you some mommy & me time.
#8 Date night.. I can't stress this enough.. it is vital to have a date night at least twice a month!! The hubby & I never had the chance to have many of these before we moved to Texas. Now we make it a point to get out together & have time. We go out at night or we have day dates. When we get the opportunity we jump on it & you should too
#9 Get out doors as much as possible & on the days that are just too hot & miserable go to the pool & wear them out & get your tan on..
#10 Take lots & lots of pictures.. cherish these moments because you can't get them back.. so yell less & laugh more, worry about the small stuff later & take in the mess because before you know it they will be grown & you will have an empty house &that is not a day I am looking forward to.. not yet at least..
I know their are a lot of other ways to making staying home stress free & fun & even though I didn't post all of my ways I wanted to share the most important ones with you. I would love to hear what you do to make being a stay at home parent pleasant?