bored being a home mom

Nunu - posted on 07/02/2010 ( 97 moms have responded )

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my little girl is 10months old and very active little girl but i seem to be always bored at home. i do all the chores,cook,clean,wash, i play with my little girl,but iam still bored at home doing nothing drives me crazy... help me what can i do to keep myself busy....

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Laurie - posted on 07/02/2010

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Oh how well I remember feeling the same way. I had planned on having no children...and having a career and then...a son and a daughter two years apart. For the first few months, I met my husband coming in the door as I was running out! What a riot! My mom was a career woman and I didn't really know what it meant to be a keeper of the home! I didn't realize all of the freedom I really did have until I began to ask the Lord to show me how I could better invest my time.
I bought a sewing machine and taught myself to sew. I began to bargain hunt and found a canner and some jars and filled the shelves with home canned fruits and vegetables. I met other women with young children at church and at the park and we began to exchange babysitting favors. I learned how to make homemade gifts for Christmas and birthdays so that we didn't have to spend so much on the holidays. I took my children to the nursing home to visit with the elderly who had NO ONE to come and see them. I only had to stay a few minutes and I had made their entire week a bit of heaven! I read books I never took time to read before. I wrote notes of encouragement to my family and to people who had blessed me at the store, or delivering mail. I read a book on home organization and realize my house wasn't as well-maintained as it could be and reorganized my cleaning methods.
I pray that some of these ideas may help you. Sit back and enjoy this time of freedom. You are so blessed to have this opportunity to just serve your family, your neighbors and your friends.

Rachel - posted on 07/04/2010

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You can find some community, or social mom groups to join. Go to the parks and see if you can't find people to connect with and socialize there.
It happens to the best of us. You just need to engage more with outside sources. If nothing else, start a mommy blog as your own business. You'll have write-offs, tax deductions and perhaps even earn extra income on the side as well. :-)

Krystal - posted on 07/10/2010

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My son is 21 months old and attends daycare 1/2 a day from Monday to Friday unless he's sick. I keep my laptop up and ready so if I have a few minutes, I can check my email, go to Facebook, print some coupons, etc. I also have my magazines ready and we have a Wii and I play Just Dance once in awhile. Sometimes I just call a friend on my cell and talk for awhile. I also work out with the Wii with my Active game. The time while he is at daycare passes very quickly and I'm always running to do what I need to do while he is there.

Hope that helps!
Krystal

Eileen - posted on 07/08/2010

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Develop a home-based business or hobby. You could start your own childcare business with help from the state or community college. Do you craft? Make things and sell them on the weekends at the flea market. Write a book; take extension classes; learn a language; search for ideas on the Internet. Can you tell that I'm never bored? I have too many hobbies and interests to ever become bored.

Heather - posted on 07/07/2010

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Do some crafts, scrapbooking is real good for killing time and staying busy and you can record and keep track of all the fun things your little darling is learning to do :)

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Zoe - posted on 04/11/2011

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go to toddler groups, new parent groups ect.
they are more for new mums to make new friends than anything else and it works. i was busy every day with my DD tell recently, i wanted more time alone.
the mums at these things want friends as well some will work some not, but all will be interesting in some way.
good luck.

Candyce - posted on 07/19/2010

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Once you figure it out, please tell me! I'm bored as hell, even with charity crap and whatnot. Hopefully, it'll get better once the kid's old enough to be on his own for a bit. I think just having such young children around is mentally draining. I swear, if I hear Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star or the ABC's or This Old Man one more time, I'll rip my own ears off.
Blessed Be

Olivia - posted on 07/19/2010

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Lol!! I know how you feel. Who ever says it's fun being a SAHM lied. I'm always bored and being with my son all day makes me crave adult attention. My bf helps a little but he works full time so it doesn't help that much. I try to set up play dates but they always fall through. I usually just take my son for a walk or a car ride, go to the in-laws and have fun talking, and talk on the phone. It's not much but it keeps me a little sane while I'm trying to look for a job.

Esther - posted on 07/18/2010

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I agree with Susan too. If you like to go window shopping that just bring your little girl along and put her into the trolley. Just find something to do that you and your girl interested. You could visit to your neighbour that to chat. You could bring your little girl to playground. You can do some exercises at home. Whatever you do that you must feel happy from your heart is the most important. Do whatever you feel comfort and happy. Wish you have a nice day and happy everyday!

Traci - posted on 07/17/2010

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Wow all these moms with such great ideas... Wish all were around when mine were young & i was the only person that could speak english & toodler...lol These ladies r right, get some hobbies, have days once or more a wk u meet with other stay at home moms, libaray is a great place to meet them, or park in the morning.. I home schooled mine for awhile so we were always lookin for play groups.. Make sure I give u ur time, & u & hubby make date night even if its 1 night a month once every1 asleep, just u & him alone... But 1 thing is for sure u have to get out of the house, cause if not ur going to start hating being at home..... What have u ever want to learn to do, maybe make halloween costums...Plant garden with the kids, net has kid friends gardens...Crafting, include the kids in some stuff but make sure u have ur own thing....Oh & its never to earliy to start home schoolin started oldest 2 just like kinder, but 3rd 1 started @ 3 so shed be in room while the others did theirs, & shes going in to 9th collage level everything, last yr taught teacher the math they were doing in class...lol Good luck..

Tiffany - posted on 07/17/2010

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My cousin is BIG on the Mommy and Me activities. Most towns have them, call your local library and they can probably help you find some fun outings to go on. =) Take up something new that you've been interested in...knitting, cakes, etc. I run a cake business from my home and it's actually getting too busy right now so I have to put it on hold lol. I do get bored too but I try to stay busy with my daughter and we spend lots of time with her cousins.

Melanie - posted on 07/17/2010

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even tho your little one isnt in school yet you can see what sort of groups are available there. im on my big kids pta and we all walk together in the mornings at a local park. we chat a lot. sometimes eat together after or on occasion see neat things. we saw a bobcat on the bridge that goes across the river. he was about 10 feet away and cute as could be. he was waiting for us goofy people to get out of the way so he could catch a squirrel. we take anybody that wants to walk. if there isnt something like that in your area. start a group of your own./

Nikki - posted on 07/16/2010

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You need to find something for you. Not just doing for your family. Some sort of hobbie, scrapbooking, gardening, just something that you enjoy and brings a smile to your face. Any activity that is uniquely yours.

JESSICA - posted on 07/16/2010

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i feel the same way, but i have an 11 mouth old, a 3 yr. old, a 6, yr. old and a 5 yr. old. im a stay at home mom 2, and i do nothing but cook, clean, dishes, laundry, vaccum. i feel trapped at home. of course my husband doesnt understand.

Tiffany - posted on 07/15/2010

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stay on this im people or,walks in the park....It is summer swim.Whatever u do have fun

April - posted on 07/15/2010

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I get bored, too, sometimes, and when that happens, I usually pick up a good book. That's my escape. That, and I'm a writer, so I can usually work on my own books that I'm trying to write. Definitely find something and roll with it.

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There are online classes that you can take to occupy your time. Maybe you can find something to do that you can turn into a hobby. Depending on what your hobby is you could posssibly turn it into a home based business. Also if you are looking to get out of the house trying going to a gym. Some have daycares that will take care of the baby while you work out and there are local mommy & baby groups that have come together just for this very reason. This way you and the little one can have a play date with your own peer groups at the same time.

Milcah - posted on 07/15/2010

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I am also a stay at home mom. I take my girls (5 &1) to our library for different events. For myself though...I decided that I wanted to try working from home. It has really helped with bordem, because when I get a chance I sit down and market online. Maybe you should check into working from home. That will help with the bordem, and give you a sense of purpose! Good luck!
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Lisa - posted on 07/15/2010

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Have u considered earning an income from home. Let me know, I'd love to share with you what I do - stimulates my mind, keeps me busy and I am talking to people all the time. Lisa - 0403 291 996 or lisastromborg@gmail.com

Zoe - posted on 07/15/2010

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i have one child 3 years, do the minimum house work, have no car, no family except husband and child and i am never bored. we go out every day unless the weather is bad, we bake, paint, read sing ect in the house, go to the park, swimming parent and toddler groups. made frends with other mums at a new mums rroup and still see 2 of them twice a week dispite the fact that one has gone bake to work part time. make friends and have fun.

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it does get boring! Totally normal. Find some moms to hang out with. joining Stroller Strides was huge for me- met a bunch of moms in my area & joined their playgroup, Luna Moms Club- so we are out at class & playgroup at least 3 times/day.. For me, getting out of the house & being active has been so helpful.

Beth - posted on 07/14/2010

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Check into MOMS Club International via the web. momsclub.org. Moms Offering Moms Support. I joined our local chapter and we have so many kid friend activities, my two children and I are never bored! Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 07/14/2010

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MOPS is a great group to get in to because it gives you some adult time with others and your kid some social time too. Even at 10 months they can be social! If it is like our group you can take your child to the nursery and both of you get some time apart. Helped my daughter with the separation. Defiantly check with your local church about what groups they have I bet you will find open and great people there.

http://www.mops.org here is the website so you can find a local group!

Kelli - posted on 07/14/2010

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I have been a SAHM for 13 years. My kids are 15, 12, and 9. I never get bored. I spent their early years attending Mops and scheduling playdates. But I also started scrapbooking with other moms & that's how I connected & felt I got a brake. My group of friends takes weekend trips & meets on Friday nights to scrapbook we get "mommie time" and share survival tips while creating wonderful albums that will keep up with the milestones of life. Loving to scrapbook I wanted the products easy to get to because shopping for them was to difficult with little ones and I found myself picking up things I didn't need or use just to get stuff with the little ones in tow. So I have worked for a company called Creative Memories and sell the products to support my own habit. You can check out my website at www.mycmsite.com/kellipeterson

I also found a company that has a group of SAHM's that I work with. They offer healthy, safe products for you and your family. My favorite benefit is I LOVE being able to shop from home and skip many aisles in the store, saving time and money. The store has over 350 products and I found that by just sharing these products (not selling, delivering, or holding inventory) I could make extra money & help friends stay healthier and limit time in the stores as well. You can work while the baby is napping or in bed which gives you a sense of accomplishment while they are awake because you had time to connect with other people. If you would like more info you can check out my website at www.peterson.advancingwithus.com
Good luck in whatever you decide it's such a blessing to be at home just take advantage of every minute. Your babies are only babies for a short time then they grow up!!

Kat - posted on 07/13/2010

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I am in the same boat. I feel awful because sometimes I find it difficult and redundant to constantly be playing with my son (he's two). The key for me is to find a little bit of "me" time so I can re-charge my batteries. She's a little young to go to the playground, but that will certainly become an option. Maybe there's a nearby pool you could take her swimming to? The mall was a haven for me when my son was that age. You both get out, she sees new sights and people, and you get to do some window shopping. It's nice sometimes just to walk around. Maybe if you have a certain hobby, you can adapt it to make it more baby-friendly. Like to paint? Set up your stuff and some crayons next to each other, so you get to do what you love and she gets to explore her imagination. Also, keep letting her play by herself. It's a great way for her to establish independence and you can do something for you in the meantime. Play dates or play groups/classes might be nice and there are lots of free story times at bookstores and libraries. Just know, you're not the only stay-at-home mommy to ever be bored at home.

Monica - posted on 07/13/2010

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Although my kids are grown, I have a home business that keeps me busy. I worked from home for two years and during that time I went through the empty nest syndrome with my child going off to college. I was alone and the house was clean, laundry was done, etc. My only contact with others was either Sunday's at church or over the phone. I used my home party plan business to meet other women and make connections for all kinds of other activities. I sell Celebrating Home products. It gets me out of the house as well as makes me a little extra money. I have 4 1/2 price coupons to start your own business. To stay an active designer you only have to have $300 in sales over a 6 month period. If you are interested please contact me at mtxteague@yahoo.com or 832-443-9500
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Candace - posted on 07/13/2010

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i know what you mean! that is how i feel right now, im getting tired of the same routine, doing all the chores and get everything cleaned and put away and i play games on xbox 360 and watch tv or check out facebook or new subjects on here, but i found out that going for a walk would do some good, it will get you out the the house and enjoy the walk and burn off some energy, its up to you how far/long you want to walk, i walk around the reserve where i live and i do about 3laps and than sit at the top of the hill and rest and enjoy the scenery with my daughter, she will be 2years old next month =) hope you figure something out =) take care

Missy - posted on 07/13/2010

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Some people have posted some great ideas from finding a mom's group to taking up hobbies. From my very brief glance, I haven't noticed anyone mentioning the public library. Many times they have story and activity times for kids. This is a great opportunity to meet some other moms. Also, that is the place where many mom's groups advertise. Check out your local newspaper for various events you can take your daughter to. (They don't necessarily have to be for her but just events that are safe enough and at times that is remotely convieint to take her along.) You're just going to have to use your imagination and patience. Also, don't be shy about introducing yourself to other moms.

Melissa - posted on 07/13/2010

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Go to www.beachbodycoach.com/lemmer and check out my site. I have four kids and I run my own business from my home. I make good money with my Tupperware business but am such a health nut I am giving coaching a try to. Pick a program to try out ~ I think they have a 30 day guarantee on them ~ and give it a try. You never know until you try and it might be the most rewarding thing you have ever done. I like it because I can run both my businesses with my family. Let me know if you have any questions! :~)

Sandra - posted on 07/13/2010

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I would suggest to get involves in some mommy groups with other SAHM's . It's both encouraging and good for your child to be around other children. Even hanging out at the park you will meet other mom's mayeb build a friendship and eventauly playdates.

Nancy - posted on 07/13/2010

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Try meetup.com. I started feeling like that with my daughter and noticed that even my daughter was feeling bored at home. So I joined a meetup group for stay at home moms. We meet up and do all sorts of activities outside the home. Blueberry picking, puppet shows, mall play dates, museums.

Luz - posted on 07/13/2010

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try going on walks with her at the park. do something that is out of your routine. it helped some of my friends.

Donna - posted on 07/13/2010

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This is the same advice I just posted to AMBER WEIDNER and some of it doesn't apply to you but LOTS does! good luck!
being outside is great for the kids and for YOU! be healthy (body, mentally, and financially)! Look for library programs, swim, hike, walk and make these fun learning experiences - collect leaves and sticks or look for bugs and birds. "teach" them at home with a reading time, art time, cooking time. Wow there are sooo many things - just use your noggin' ;) I am a SAHM to a three year old and have been actually, since I was 4 wks preggers. I support my husband by cooking, cleaning, and making our home fun, happy, clean and always having good eats - since he works sometimes from 7am until 5pm and three to 4 days until 7pm. Be creative - but stay out of the malls - what will your kids learn from that? And if you are the main breadwinner from an unemployment check, you really should be stashing that $$! And saving for an awesome vacation/remodel/car/private school/whatever will be so worth it one day! You can stop the shopping IF you want to and you can find wonderful alternatives for you & the kiddos!!!

Naomi - posted on 07/13/2010

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I can't be at home all day every day either and my daughter seems to get bored as well (she is 16 months). I have made a big effort to join some groups like mom n' tots. It is great to get out and chat with some ladies and have some social interaction. My daughter loves all the kids there too. I also joined a gym class. I lost my baby weight and there is mom and baby ones so you don't have to find a babysitter. It is social too. I think the main reason I get bored is because I need interaction with other adults. This has really helped me and make the chores at home not my whole life.

Jamie - posted on 07/13/2010

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I am also a stay at home mom.. and get really bored.. i feel like climbing the walls some days.. and i have a hobby.. i love to scrapbook.. but i never really find time to do it.. unless the hubby is home.. and sometimes not even then.. and I'm a young mother.. and have tried joining mother's groups and things.. and i just feel like they see me as a young, immature, girl.. and it's quite annoying.. =(

Chariot - posted on 07/11/2010

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Hello Nunu. I'm Chariot. I have a 14 month old daughter myself, and boy do i know how you feel. Everything seems redundant and tiring. What helps me i guess is i do attend online college, i am trying to also work up my energy again so i can do more things such as exercising, reading, writing, making jewelry, and other hobbies which will in turn make me feel accomplished and productive and better all around on a daily basis and as a whole.

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I get bored a lot to but I have found that I got active in groups close to my house and also do crafts and I find that it helps. It also helps to have a freind you can talk to

Clara - posted on 07/11/2010

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I remember that feeling (not so much now with four kids and too much to do) and that is when I started sewing and scrapbooking and crafting. I used to think that was such old lady stuff but it kept me busy and it can be fairly inexpensive, and I just love it when my daughter, or sons for that matter, look so cute in something i made. I would also recommend going to the park or library. Just going to some of those places and striking up a conversation with someone. I know that our parks and rec department offer many things from swimming to music time for small children and a parent. I used to meet up with a couple friends and walk with the kids in strollers (also 'old lady-ish' I know) or even have weekly playdates at the park or zoo or pool. Just some thoughts...good luck!

Jenny - posted on 07/11/2010

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I have a friend that tried to be a stay at home mom, she couldn't do it, she was bored to, she went back to work. She's a lot happier now working than staying at home, I was a stay at home mom when I had my daughter until she was 2 then had to go back to work cause of divorce but hated it cause i felt i was missing out on so much, I'm back at home with my son, he's 2 my daughter is 12, and sometimes wonder if getting a job would be a good idea, cause he's so active I think I would be less tired and frustrated. It depends on what you want to do work or not, if not then you need to find something for yourself to do, that makes you happy, i'm still looking so good luck.

Catherine (Cathy) - posted on 07/10/2010

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I don't know where you live, but your local playground, Recreation and Park Department, Museum, Library or Zoo are great ways to get out, network with other parents and stimulate yourself and your baby.

Lisa - posted on 07/10/2010

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hobbies are great and all, but we are social people! go to MOMS club, hang out with friends, have a day when someone else watches your baby and you go out alone or with friends. I personally enjoy my night out with girlfriends. libraries have mommy and me reading stuff going on, there are markets, and cafes, etc.

Christine - posted on 07/10/2010

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get a part time course or job im in a mums course now its 9:30 till 1:30 its 2 help mums get used 2 working in it a month now and i love it my son is in creche fron 9 till 1:30 it will get u out of the house

Alejandra - posted on 07/09/2010

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I get bored too, mostly because i can not get out of the house without a car, my husband car is not working so he is using my truck. i will go days without talking to anyone. Finally when i do go out with mom comming by, we go out for a while and i get so exhausted that i get happy when i come back home but the routine starts all over again, with no communication with adults except my babies, which i love to be with. They are the reason i opt not to work. As far as something i can do i get bored of it after a while too.

Rebecca - posted on 07/09/2010

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Personally I have started card making, scrapbooking and knitting as well as reading a good book every now and then. Also I make an morning out of going to get the groceries in a town that is 30km away from home - its like a little outing each week for us, and I try to take B out in the pram for a walk to the shops or the park whenever its nice.
Also trying to have luch or coffee with another mum is good once in a while. If you have a garden just go out with baby for a walk around it just to get some fresh air so you dont feel so cooped up too. Good luck

Debbie - posted on 07/09/2010

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well your not really doing nothing you should find out where there is a drop in center so you can go there and be active with other moms that are feeling the same thing as you do. Kijiji find other moms in the same boat and ask to meet at a park so you have a way to get out and be a bit more social. That why providers that run day cares in their home get together with other providers so we get to be out and a bit social and your kid will get use to being around people cause that is so important a child would not be as shy.

Tricia - posted on 07/09/2010

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I do scrap booking in my spare time or when my son is napping! It passes the time and is fun! I don't have a car...my husband has it for work and school everyday...so it is harder when you can't get out of the house!

Vicky - posted on 07/08/2010

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I have my own online eBay store, it helps with the income and keeps me busy while bub sleeps! :)

Monica - posted on 07/08/2010

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there are so many great activities you can get into with your little one!! and even just getting out and going to the store can be an adventure... take your time when you're out with your little one, let her explore... Leave some of the housework if you can, and relax!! :) I hope u can look up events around your area because there are usually alot of festivals and free stuff for families going on especially in the summer!! go to museums and zoos and libraries, swimming...

Sherri - posted on 07/08/2010

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take a walk with the baby or enlist the help of trusted friends and family. Get out of the house or have friends and family over to do fun things you enjoy. I agree with a lot of the others here get out and seek adult companionship (ie other moms) hang out with family who would love to spend time with you and baby.

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Have you ever thought of owning your own home-based business. I am a stay at home mom but I wanted to supplement my husband's income without having to go get a full time job. And so we started our own business and it involves eating and sharing healthy chocolate.

Dawn - posted on 07/08/2010

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Do you have a local library that has childrens programs every week. I did that and it was fun, met lots of moms and started play groups from that. Also started taking them to a dance studio that did a mom and me class. Great for me and her.

Clare - posted on 07/08/2010

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join a mum and tot group once a week going and chatting to other mums can keep your sanity that and try and plan a meal/trip out to cinema out once a month it will give you a change of scene and gives you something to look forward to. take up a college/ uni course that you can do in the times when she is asleep and gain a skill wheather for expanding your education or just a hobby will keep your brain busy.

Kimberly - posted on 07/08/2010

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I get bored too but scrapbooking keeps me from going insane! Just take up some kind of hobby! :)

Melissa - posted on 07/08/2010

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Take up baking , I have been a decorator for 7 years and It all started because I was bored at home and I wanted to learn something new. Just a suggestion,

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