i have been at home now for nearly three years and im starting to go crazy,

Rachel - posted on 02/04/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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just curious what other stay at home mums do to get out of the house with the kids (other than going to the shops!)

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Jenny - posted on 04/11/2011

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Also, what i did/do to stay sane, is go to play groups, visit parks, go to my mums, make the effort to visit other freinds with kids, do some gardening :)

Zoe - posted on 04/11/2011

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Mondays, crafts am, allotment pm

Tuesday, every 4 weeks home ed group, every 2 weeks granddad, weeks in-between whatever.

Wednesday, toddler group then a friends, that i met at toddler group.

Thursday, meet a friend, that i meet at breast feeding group am, library or town pm.

Friday, swimming am, meet friend that i meet at new parent group for pm out.

Leah - posted on 02/04/2010

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i have been a stay at home mum for 6 yrs and omg.. i no how you feel. leaving the house is such a hassel these days the only thing i do do is the shopping, i figure they will grow up soon enough, then we can go out and enjoy the out side world...

Michelle - posted on 02/04/2010

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I've been at home for about 18 months now, and I started to feel like I was gonna rip my hair out about the same time as you. I set up a very very strict routine to help me with this. Part of it is making sure that every day (weather permitting) we go for a walk or to a park. Also, we have three nights set aside for specific purposes: date night, mommy night, and daddy night. That way we each get a break and then we get to spend time together as adults in a relationship, not as mommy and daddy.

One thing you might try, that I'm looking into myself, is a play group so that your kids and you can socialize.

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Michelle - posted on 04/12/2011

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i was at home for a bit over 3 years. I found a weekend job from 10-2 saturday and sunday. its great to get out of the house. i dont earn much money but i like being able to contribute to some bills and have some of my own money. i forgot how bitchy some people can be, but my husband is home every weekend to watch our son and its nice knowing that they're spending some one-on-one time without me around

Donna - posted on 04/12/2011

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I run a toddler group on a Monday, have a home chore day on a tuesday, wed-fri I use the creche at the local leisure centre for an hour in the morning to get exercise. I also arrange to visit or play date at least once a week, go to the park and library too, and a bouncy castle session for my 3 year old.
I generally have trouble being in the house long enough to do the housework!

Ashleigh Jade - posted on 04/12/2011

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Im a sahm of 3 under 5. Getting out of the house somedays is more difficult then others!
We do playgroups,my eldest is in kinderdarten once a week, going the park, visiting my mum, library etc. ive been a sahm since the birth of my eldest child( who is 5 this year!) So i understand the needing to be out of the house and doing something other then housework!

Jenny - posted on 04/11/2011

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i have been going crazy with bordem, but now we've decided to sell our house and look for a big land to build a new house and live a different lifestyle, and im also getting preped to get laser eye surgery done so that i dont have to wear glasses anymore. And i am no longer bored! I crave days where i can bum around home doing nothing. Maybe you need a lifestyle change?

Sal - posted on 04/11/2011

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and if i am really going crazy i take the car (and kids) to the car wash and vaccum clean it out and wash if it is nice and warm, also go for an op shooping day, the people who woek there are usually oldies who love the girls, the kids can uually find a new toy for a dollar or so and you never know what treasure you will uncover, take a lunch box for the kids and you can spend hours out for $10 or less....

Sal - posted on 04/11/2011

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play groups and the library, weather permitted park and picnics, and summer the local pool, but other than that i stay home and go stir crazy!!!

Kate - posted on 02/05/2010

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l have 3 kids under the age of 3. One's almost 3 and 6 mnth twins. l've been home for exactly one year and 5 days. l feel crazy sometimes because l can't keep up with the housework, if l'm home the twins are home, what about time for me without being interrupted..... on and on. But l do love being home. l read my friends updates and they have to go here, there, and everywhere when all they want is time at home to relax. l've more than my share of that and l've learned to be thankful for it. Monday l went shopping with a couple of my friends, David was home with the kids. A twin and l went to the store for an hour on Tues. Other than that, the kids and l have been home. lt's cold and not nice weather outside, how lucky am l to not have to take the kids out. Maybe it's because l'm older, 46. lf so, lucky me again. Anyone else able to put the 'lucky me' spin on it. l think most of us would be even more unhappy if we had to work and had to take the kids out everyday.

Valerie - posted on 02/04/2010

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I'm a stay at home mom with 3 kids all under the age of 5 and sometimes it's crazy, but I have tried to really push myself to get out of the house on a daily basis. I know that trying to get 3 kids out of the door is crazy at times, but once we are out it feels so good. I do play dates with other mothers, go to the library for story time, parks, go for walks....pretty much anything that will release some energy on thier end and allow me to take a breather. Most places that I have lived have tons of free activities for your little ones to do and it's also a great opportunity to meet other mothers in your area. Hope this helps!!!

Catherine - posted on 02/04/2010

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I walk the dogs. This requires strapping the younger child onto my back and holding the other's hand. Or we go to the dog park. Sometimes we go to the park where there are playgrounds. We also go to some meetups with other moms and kids.

Kandace - posted on 02/04/2010

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I have been a stay at home mom for about 2 /12 years and my boys are close in age 1 and 2. I've gotten involved in a mom group, but it doesn't seem like enough. My husband works from morning until night. We are also in a new area so I don't know a whole lot of people yet. I just need to talk with people going through the same experience.

Ginny - posted on 02/04/2010

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i workout at the local YMCA which has free daycare included in your gym fee... i go almost every night, but they have classes and the can be fun as well as challenging.

Julie - posted on 02/04/2010

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I feel you! I have been a stay at home mom for almost 5 years. I go crazy on a daily basis. Recently I have been doing volunteering at my son's school. I don't get out regularly, but I do get out, and it is always rewarding and fun. I also have a group of friends (both with and without kids) that I try to get together with on a regular basis for a change of scenery. We take turns going to eachothers houses or to a park and just let the kids play while we relax with some tea and conversation. I hope this helps you. Good luck to you!!

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