Some glamorize the stay-at-home mother role, but it’s a job like any other. It is typically a series of routines that cause a great deal of stress and overwhelming chores. It ends like any other work week with complete exhaustion. After years of perfecting the art, I have learned there are a few things that you do and others you don’t. Here is a list of 10 tips for stay-at-home moms and dads.
1. Find a Back-up Sitter
You never know when you will need to do things for you or the home. Have a sitter on speed dial so that if it’s just a quick jolt to the store, you can do it in peace.
2. Make Sure To Have Friends and A Life
Though your children are precious, you need a life outside of them. You will appreciate your family more when you have time away.
3. Learn To Block Out The Noise
Kids are very loud, and you cannot expect them to be quiet. Rather than yelling at them for every noise, just learn to ignore. It will save your nerves in the long run.
4. Have Fun
The whole idea of staying home with your kids is to have fun. Make sure to dance, sing and make them laugh. If you are stressed out all the time then you are not doing your kids or yourself any good.
5. Lower Expectations and Say “Yes” More
Remember they are kids! They are not going to get everything the first time or clean like you do. Stop saying “no” so much and find a way to say “yes” more. Don’t be a “Negative Nellie.”
6. Only Clean Up Once A Day
If you constantly try to clean up the home, you will drive yourself mad. Clean up once at the end of the day.
7. Put Yourself In Time Out
If you are at the end of your rope, it’s okay to take a time out. Go outside or shut yourself in a room for a while till you cool down.
8. Don’t Give Toddlers Options
Toddlers can’t make choices very well and don’t do well with yes or no questions. Make the decisions for them and save yourself the heartache.
9. Take Care of Your Own Hygiene
Don’t get so busy and wrapped up in your day that you don’t have time to shower and dress. You are first and foremost a person and your hygiene is just as important.
10. Don’t Get Too Much Advice
There are tons of books out there that offer great advice. However, getting too much advice is just not necessary. Make your own path through trial and error. You know what t do, and they’re your kids.