What do you do as a stay at home mom??

Rachelle - posted on 04/22/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )

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I've been a stay at home mom now for the last two years. While I love it and am so blessed to be able to do so, I am finding myself either wanting another baby or wanting to go back to work at some point. I feel like I should be doing more for my son, but am running out of things to do during the day.

I was wondering if anyone has felt this same way or are there any other suggestions on things we could do? We currently live in the East bay of CA. Any suggestions or just support would be awesome!! Thanks ladies!!

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I have been at home for almost a year and a half. Some while i was pregnant and now with my daughter. I feel blessed to be able to stay at home with her while my husband goes to work. After the daily cleaning and cooking routine, we go outside weather permitting. We also go and visit family and friends. There are church groups in my area that are called mothers with children, you take you baby and have time with other mothers and their babies. I haven't went yet but plan to. I hope this helps. Good luck to you!

La - posted on 04/26/2010

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I try to take my daughter for walks everyday (weather permitting), but now that I'm getting closer to my due date I am finding it harder to run around after her. So we have been playing in the house more lately. I will be going to work after my next child is born so I'm trying to enjoy the time and relax with her while I still can.

Gin - posted on 04/26/2010

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I have been a stay at home mom for 7 years my kids are 7,4 and 15 weeks We go to the zoo,park, magic house,butterfly house,the science center I live in Missouri so those might be where u live but on days it nasty outside we color,read,play games,cook together,the girls and I play dress up lol they luv dressing Mommy up and puttin makeup on her ..yeah I might look like a clown when they are done but its all worth it. we dance and sing lol put in a movie an make popcorn,chips, soda,candy and its just like being at the movies w/o the cost of tickets but inbetween I do clean and the 2 oldest kids help me.

Amber - posted on 04/24/2010

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I've been a stay @ home mom now for almost 3 yrs and I just had baby # two 8 months ago. I am a neat freak and it just got to the point where I had to find something else to do during the day besides clean. My hubby bought me Wii Fit for x-mas and I love it!! We go for walks to the parks and such but we make little crafts too. My daughter helps me cook and clean and she loves to play the wii w/ me. :)

Alison - posted on 04/24/2010

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I love being a stay at home mom. As a nurse, I am able to work casual part time, maybe one shift a week. Which allows me to get out, have "adult" conversation and use my brain! I have also started selling Tupperware, which is a load of fun.

When my boy was just new I found I was spending a lot of time at the mall, and spending money I didn't need too. Since then I have found a great group of other moms with kids similar ages to mine. We take turns hosting lunch playdates or outings. Sometimes we leave the kids with the dads and go out for a movie or lunch just the girls. Having friends in the same situation makes a huge difference. Reach out! You have kids in common and that makes for easy conversation.

Katie - posted on 04/24/2010

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I love being a stay at home mum! But i get where you are coming from. I feel it is a 'grass is greener' thing because I know mums who work fulltime and wish they were at home and I know mums who are at home and wish they were working. I only have one baby but always manage to find something to do during the day. Its either playing, feeding, walking, shopping, reading to him, etc. But then when he is asleep I always make sure to do something from me. I have started knitting (A little old fashioned I know, but I love it) and am working on my new home-based business which I am preparing to start soon. I also sell beauty supplies and do makeovers, haha! I only do this a few hours a day while he is sleeping. It keeps me busy. My point is that it is important to make time for yourself and your persuits. Even just giving yourself a foot spa or making yourself a nice meal and watching a movie while he is in bed for the night :) The world is full of possibilities! Hope you feel better soon :)

Edwina - posted on 04/24/2010

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i sell Avon its a great oppertunity to earn a little money plus an excuse to get the kids outta the house (and me!)

Kandiis - posted on 04/24/2010

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I had my daughter during my last semester of college so two days after having her I returned to classes while my mother or sisters watched her. I would rush home to her after class and just loved having her all to myself all day after I graduated. When my partner and I moved overseas (we're currently in Spain) I began to feel bored like many of you. If I were home that wouldn't be the case since I know my way around and I have family and friends (and not to mention I know the language). But here, it took me about 3 months to get the courage to drive alone and find things to do. Before then we would just walk around the block and to my surprise they have parks on every block. But unfortunately, it rains here 6 days out of the week. So that didn't leave me many options as to what to do after we exhausted all her games and toys. I am so excited about returning home next month! I don't care what it is that we do but I know that my options are endless, especially after coming from a place where literally there is not anything that I know how to do. Keep trying ladies. You have so many resources at your hands! Good luck!

Marili - posted on 04/24/2010

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I'M ALSO A STAY AT HOME MOM FOR 2 AND A HALF YEARS NOW. MY BABY GOES TO DAYCARE IN THE MORNING AND I PICK HER UP AROUND 14:00. IN THE MORNING I DO ALL THE THINGS I DONT HAVE TIME FOR WHEN EVERY ONE'S HOME. PACKING CUPBOARDS, DOING THE WASHING, READING, PAMPER MYSELF, ETC. SOMETIMES IT GETS TO MUCH BUT I TRY TO KEEP MYSELF BUSY....

Christi - posted on 04/24/2010

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i am a stay at home mom because i cannot find a job but i love it. i have been home since my son was born 16 months ago and while it can be boring, watching my son grow and teaching him new things is so much fun. and how fast he catches on is amazing to me. i am really going to miss him, but if i work night he will never have to spend a day in daycare.

Jessica - posted on 04/23/2010

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I'm a stay home mom. I love it! It doesn't bother me at all. I'm the poster-child for cabin fever, so I can always find somewhere to go! It's never boring at my house. I have a VERY busy 10 month old. She's always into things! We spend a lot of time at the zoo and at parks or walking around the mall, or even target for no reason! We go to a mommy group on tuesday and gymnastics on wednesday! My daughter also loves to be out and about! You just have to put your mind to it and come up with some stuff to do. (other than house work!)

Jessika - posted on 04/23/2010

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my daughter is 18 months and i am so bored of being stuck at home so i am starting to look for a part time job i only want to work about 3 days a week so i still have tme with jaime but im also doing something for myself also i know we do alot around the house with our little ones but it still feels like i should be doing more

Angelica - posted on 04/23/2010

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I'm a stay at home mom also and have been for a couple yrs now. When my first started school I wanted so bad to start working but I was pregnant. Now I have my 3 month old here w/ me but after I get done cleaning and whatever else needs to be done and while my little one is napping I feel like theres nothing to do! I never finished college so I started taking online classes to keep me busy and also started a scrapbook of my kids and family!

Sky - posted on 04/23/2010

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I have been a stay at home mom since my first was born, she is 4.5 now. we joined local mommy group through meetup.com shortly after she was born... maybe 3 months after. we do all kinds of things with the group.. playdates, walks/hikes, fairs all kinds of things they also do moms night outs and stuff its been really nice to have a large group of ppl to do things with when we feel like doing something.... and although i have sugestions sometimes usually someone else thinks of the ideas of what to do next.

Rachel - posted on 04/22/2010

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I know what you mean, I love staying home with my little man but there are only so many things to do around the house. I started taking in other kids to earn a little money and socialize him. I found that since I started watching other kids around his age I am kept busy. I do more crafts and he seems to be advancing faster because of it.

Ashlee - posted on 04/22/2010

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I'm a stay at home mum also... we live on a farm in Australia, so there is plenty of the 'great outdoors' in our routine. But I agree...sticking to a rough routine helps. My baby boy is only 9 months, so he's not as active as a toddler would be. I just LOVE spending all day with my baby and investing my time into his growing up years... personally, I would loathe going back to work and leaving him with someone else all the time. But we play with the toys, go for long walks in the stroller/pram, in the afternoon if we've run out of things to do, we go visiting his grandparents (who are just up the road) or my sister (who is also just up the road)... playgroups (where mothers attend too) would be a good thing when he's a bit older. We go to town once a week, and Sundays we are out also.
Have you tried different arts/crafts activities with your child? Playdough, glueing things on paper, painting, etc.? Also, having a song time is fun and educational too. (With plenty of action in the songs!)
It's hard to offer help when our situations are so very different, but cherish this time with your little one when you are everything to them :) later on, they have to share you with their brothers and sisters, schoolwork, etc.

TARA - posted on 04/22/2010

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IM ASLO A STAY AT HOME MOM, AND BESIDES THE DAILY CLEANING THE HOUSE AND SO ON, I TAKE THE KIDS TO PLAY DATES, THE PARK, GO ON THE COMPUTER AND FIND ART AND CRAFTS TO DO, THEY LOVE THAT:) JUST A SIMPLE WALK WITH THEM, IS GOOD, AS WELL, OR GET THEM INTO A SPORTS EVENTS, LIKE CHEER OR SOCCER, MOST SPORTS ARE 2 AND UP, I HOPED I COULD HELP YOU OUT A LITTLE:)

Angela - posted on 04/22/2010

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i have always been at home with my son who is now 3. i love it. it can start to wear on you but thats when you find something else. parks are wonderful, gives you time to interact with other parents and them time to play with other children. we do arts and crafts and play outside. when i feel like im not doing enough with him i get online and look up things to do thats new. playtime by themselfs is always good. we watch educational movies normally before bed. i found that for myself sticking to a routine helps alot. i always take the time to clean up before moving to the next activity which is a activity in itself. here recently we have started having dance time. i turn music on and dance with him, i tend to wear out before him,lol. my son loves chalk too. i hope this helps and hang in there your doing a wonderful job :)

Tiffany - posted on 04/22/2010

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I stayed home for the first year with my girl. Now I am back at work, and so glad that I am. She loves the home daycare she goes to, and I like the time to focus on something else, even if just for a bit of the day.

As for stuff to do... we do stations of stuff. We'll colour for 15-20 mins. Then we'll go play in the backyard. Then we'll go to the park. Then its nap time. after nap its lunch, then we'll read a few books, paint, build lego castles, play hide and seek or "tag", go for a walk and point out the colours... go next door to our freind's house, take her to the swimming pool (local YMCA) or to the Ontario early Years (a big free play room for kids) etc.

Sorry I dont know what there is to do in California (but with fantastic weather, you should be able to do anything!!) we're in Ontario, Canada, and with it being spring now, we can get outside and do a lot more. :)

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I have only been at home for 8 months and am very bored. i try and take my son out for walks every day, weather permitting, and also go to baby playgroups. you can see if there is a ymca around you, they usually have some kind of free programming for toddlers.i try and get some household work and grocery shopping done with him. i am really really bored though, and evern though i love him am going out of my mind staying at home.

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