Dear Stay-at-Home Mom,
When was the last time you laughed? I don’t mean a polite chuckle or a courtesy laugh. I’m talking about a gut-busting, belly rolling, I-almost-peed kind of laugh. When? Do you even remember?
Let’s be honest: stay-at-home moms have a big job, and it’s not always fun. Between cooking, laundry, late-feedings, diapers and tantrums—or if you’re a homeschooling mom you might be dealing with long division—you barely have enough time to shower, let alone have some fun. You might have even gone from working with a routine that keeps you sane to wallowing in a rut.
I know. I’ve been there.
But now it’s time to declare that poopy diapers or not, we’re going to have fun! Even though each stage as a mom presents its own challenges, there is fun to be had, and today is a great day to find it.
First you have to tell yourself you’re worth it. There’s no reason to be chained to the kitchen or the washing machine all the time. Just because you’re a stay-at-home mom doesn’t mean you actually have to stay at home. And just because your significant other is out there working 12 hours a day so you can stay home doesn’t mean you need to feel guilty for having some fun. (This is my guilt issue, in case you couldn’t tell.) Trust me, you do your fair share.
Next you have to figure out what you consider fun. If I tell you what to do to have fun, you might think, “Uhhh, hiding in the bathtub with a book is so not fun.” So instead, think about what you really want to do, the simple pleasures you deny yourself.
Then look at your to-do list and figure out what you can reasonably set aside. (Psst….most everything can be set aside, at least for a little while.) Of course there will always be things that must be completed, but those things will still be there when you’re finished having fun!
There are times when you can’t leave the house and do what you REALLY want to do, I get that. You might have a sick kid or you’re without transportation. So here are some suggestions that are a little more subdued to get you started:
- Shake up the routine and drop your schedule
- Invite a friend over
- Watch funny videos
- Order in a meal
- Nap when the kids do
- Play music
- Declare a chore-free day
- Enjoy a movie marathon
- Play with the kids
You see, they shouldn’t be the only ones having fun, but some of us have forgotten the things we did as kids to amuse ourselves. That’s why I challenged myself to come up with 50 fun things that kids like to do, that us adults could join in on too!
No matter what stage you and your kids are in, remember to enjoy it fully. Live and laugh—a lot.
Instead of being the house where fun comes to die, make a decision to have fun with your life as a stay-at-home mom. Truly, you are worth it!
What do you do to inject fun into your life as a stay-at-home mom?