When I first became a stay-at-home mom, I really struggled as I had an “idea” of what it was going to be like and it was VERY different. Mainly because, I thought I would have more down time and it was so much more work than what I had expected.
Also, as an extreme extrovert it was hard to not have a large amount of interaction with other adults initially. I knew that it would be a sacrifice but, I was positive that God had called me to be home with my kids in this season. I didn’t (and still don’t know) for how long but, I knew I had to find a way to thrive in this role.
I was so grateful to have an older stay at home mom take me under her wing, and show me different ways to really enjoy my new role. Here are my top 3 :
1. Get dressed every single day.
Even if you are crazy busy with how much you have to do, it makes a big difference mentally to get you and your children dressed every single day. This is part of the self-care that you so desperately need as a stay-at-home mom.
This is one of my favorite sweaters. It’s so soft and comfortable to wear when running around with the kids but makes me feel beautiful as well. I love clothes that can be used for play dates or a night out with my girls and I’ve worn this to both. Pink Blush makes stylish clothes for women in every stage: maternity or after baby.
2. Make other stay at home mom friends.
This literally gave me life in every way. There are so many places to connect with other mom’s in your area that can relate to the different demands you have on your day. Some places that I found my greatest friends are: library story times, looking up local mom groups on the internet, and my church. There are so many local events and websites for us, you just have to get out and go! Everyone is looking to connect so, it’s not hard to make a new friend.
3. Get out of the house.
Staying in the house can make you feel like your world is closing in and all you do is care for another human being(s). Getting out always helps me feel rejuvenated and refreshed from all of my responsibilities and it’s usually just as good for me as it is for my children. Whether you just go for a walk or to browse the isles of Target, get outside!
4. Have a routine.
Having a schedule that you follow throughout your day is so helpful with being and feeling productive. I personally really needed to look at my new role the same as any job. So, I have tasks that I need to complete every day and times where I need to do a variety of things. This was super helpful in the baby stage with naps, feedings, snack time, play time, etc.
Some days let yourself relax and let loose with your child. Take on the childhood mentality and just play. Enjoy your child and watch him light up when you have fun on his level. You both will enjoy the day a little more.
Being a stay at home mom is such a privilege and over the years I’ve learned what works for me to thrive and truly enjoy this journey. I wouldn’t trade it for the world!
Do you have any tips that help you thrive as a stay at home mom? (Comment below)