After being a working mom for the last few years, life has changed a bit and I’m trying my hand at being a stay at home mom. I’d heard from my friends that being a stay at home mom wasn’t a job for the weak. My friends weren’t lying. I’m more tired as a stay at home mom than I ever was when I worked outside the home. I think it’s because I have way more physical labor now. Instead of sitting behind a desk, I am hauling my kids around, in and out of car seats and shopping carts as we head off on our daily adventures.

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It’s a different grind. As a working mom, I had stresses and feelings of guilt. I still have issues as a stay-at-home-mom, they’ve just changed. I just felt the need to clarify that because I’m not on board with the whole mom wars thing. I don’t think more highly of one over the other. Motherhood is hard. Period.

I’ve learned a few things after almost a year at home with the kids. Here are my top five ways for surviving as a stay at home mom.

1 – Have a plan!

My day would not work if I didn’t have a plan of what I wanted to do with the kids each day. My kids can get a little stir crazy and need activity and routine. I have to keep that in mind when I’m planning our week or none of us are happy.

2 – Respect the nap

I can’t just keep going with what I’d like to do if it’s going to cut into their nap time. If their routine is off too much, so is their behavior. Let’s just say I learned this the hard way… a few times.

3 – Meal planning saves sanity

Along with planning our day, I try to plan our meals.. all of them. Many times, I pack our lunches so that we can have a picnic at times or just be ready with food if we’re still out at lunch time. Dinner is always planned too so that I’m not doing that last minute panic when it’s time to eat.

4 – Talk to adults

I have found that calling my friends at some point during the day is essential. It’s just nice to have adult conversations. Many times, it’s flat outt necessary.

5 – Have something for yourself

It’s critical for me to have something that’s just for me. It helps if it’s something I’m passionate about. I’m used to working outside the home full time and I had to create something for me to continue to have that part of myself. Part of that is my blog, the other is this space. When I get a few hours to myself, I work on my projects and when I’m done it’s like I’ve been re-fueled. That boost makes me a better wife and mama. Win win!

What about you? What are your secrets for making mommyhood work?

33 comments on “5 Tips for Rocking SAHM (ommyhood)”

  1. GREAT post! I’ve been a stay at home dad for 13 years, and these are all so true. One thing I learned with naps was to never ever change what was going on in the house. The kids learned to sleep through music, television, vacuums, and barking dogs. Oh, it was crappy for the first few days, but they adapted quickly, and I didn’t have to wait around for them to wake up to get my stuff done.
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  2. Meal-planning was definitely one of my biggest sanity savers. It saved so much “what do you want to eat?” “I don’t know what do you want to eat” conversation.

  3. All of these are very good tips. I know my biggest challenge was keeping a routine. My son is a teenager and to this day he still likes us to have a routine.

  4. These are all great tips. I know the hardest thing for me was sticking to our routine. My son is a teenager and to this day he still wants us to stick to a routine.

  5. I really need to work on #4! I can’t tell you how much I agree with #5! That is one thing I love about my blog too! That and my photography are just for me. Something to keep me in touch with myself and not just as wife & Mommy.

  6. I 100% agree. I’ve also done both and I’m not sure which is harder – working Mom or SAHM (with a business). They’re both tough, for different reasons.

    One tip I’d add is to get help. Whether that’s a family member to babysit, hiring someone to help clean your house, eating take-out once a week, or whatever help you can find on your budget. It’s not worth trying to do it all on your own!
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