There comes a time in every parents’ life where they have to make the hard decision: Are we going to have a stay-at-home parent? There are so many pros and cons to weigh. No matter what you decide- always remember- it’s okay! Every family has to do what they need to do. Especially in these hard times. Just make sure you make a decision and then stick by it! If you decide to go back to work after maternity leave- kudos! If not, you can read this guide to help you with being a stay-at-home mom!
The most important thing to remember is that your sanity is extremely important when raising kids from home. If you’re battling with what to do, you can follow these steps to try to help battle the boredom.
- Important first thing- Depression. Determine whether it’s boredom or depression keeping you down. Plenty of stay-at-home parents end up battling some form of depression. If that’s the case, please, talk to a doctor about it! There is no shame in what you’re feeling but you do need to get help for it. Not just for your sake- but your kids as well.
- Share the load! A really great way to prevent a big stress being a SAHM, is to dole out some of the responsibility. Have the kids chip in with age appropriate chores. Need help deciding who should do what? Follow my guide to family chores! If you have a partner, be sure to include them in on how you’re feeling as well. It’s a huge help to let other people know what’s weighing you down.
- Stay organized! I keep a binder to help me track everything household related. Everything can be in it from chore schedules, to tax info, to info for the babysitter! Check out My Shop for printables!
- Keep involved with working! There are lots of part-time jobs a SAHM can do. Here are a few examples:
- Running errands
- Watching pets
- Secret Shopper
- Online teaching
- Always pay attention to your needs! You’re sanity is very important when it comes to raising the little ones. They will pick up on the negative feelings you are having. It’s okay to have a bad day every once in a while, everyone does. But, doing something as simple as keeping a journal can really help to improve your overall mood!Not every case will fit this guideline, but it will at least give you a starting off point!
Stay happy 🙂