When you are a stay at home mom your life is filled with unexpected situations, lifely adventures, and interesting happenings. Here are my 5 tips for having a great day with your children.
Tip # 1: Make time for yourself. In the business of raising children, doing housework, taking care of paying bills, managing everyone’s schedules we find ourself not taking time to take care of us. Find a moment in your day before the kids wake up, after they go to bed, at nap time or snack time, where you can take a moment for you. To take a long bath, to read the newspaper, to do something even as simple as brushing your teeth. Taking a moment for yourself can re-energize, re-prioritize, refresh your prospecitve on the day.
Tip # 2: Have a schedule: Now schedules with small children are often hard to come up with and hard to stick by. If your day is somewhat structured your kids will know what the day will hold. Have a craft or a small art project, let them help with snack at the same time everyday. Let them know what each day will bring in the mornings, so if you need to run errands they will be ready for that adventure as well. Having every one on the same page helps with flow and direction of your day.
Tip # 3: Find fun free things for your children: Many times your local library or church organization will have fun free things for your kids to attend. Carnivals, read to me groups, park play groups are usually listed in these local business’s, or your local newspaper. Free things are always a great way to get out of the house have fun and all for FREE!
Tip # 4: Make time for your marriage/relationship: This can be so hard in the busyness of the day to make time for your husband/significant other. Even if you take a few moments when they arrive home from work for a nice hug and a de-breifeing of sorts of your day. That will let you release some steam and lets your husband know what kind of day you had. Maybe then he can pitch in and help with the kids or give you a moment to de-stress. Remember you are a team and a team needs to work together for the good of everyone, including you mom.
Tip # 5: Enjoy, Enjoy, Enjoy; Enjoy every moment of your day, even the spilled milk moments, the meltdown moments, the angry moments, the fun moments, all the moments with your children. For one day they will be grown and gone and those memories last forever. So when the milk gets spilled clean it up with a chuckle and a grin knowing that is just a piece of being a stay at home mom. That the smiles and hugs go along with the crazy moments in your life. One day your children will be grown and all those little moments will be to, so enjoy every moment of your day!
Even if you just take a part of these tips and use them making time for you, having a schedule, finding fun free things to attend, making time for your marriage and enjoying yourself I think your day will run much more smoothly. Take even just a moment to soak up all the day will hold and know that if today wasn’t as good as you would hoped for tomorrow is always another day! Enjoy!