It can get lonely staying home with your child how do you handle it

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Jen - posted on 03/20/2014

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Hi Nancy! I feel your pain. My daughter is 5 months oid and for at least 10 hours each day, it's just she and I at home. Having little to no adult interaction takes it's toll, but I've been making a conscious effort to get out and stay busy so i'm not staring at the same four walls while daddy is away. Here are a few suggestions:

1. Running errands. It sounds silly, but being out and staying busy keeps my mind stimulated and keeps me active so I'm not sitting on a couch all day. Strangers are always stopping me to talk to and about baby J, esp other moms. It's just the amount of interaction I need without being overwhelmed or being driven crazy.

2. Join a play group. J has a group she attends every Tues called "Baby and Me," which gives us both social interaction with age appropriate activities and stimulation for babies, and the moms have a chance to chat and swap advice.

3. TAKE A BREAK! Even if you have to demand it. (This is my current struggle.) You deserve at least 15-30 minutes each day of alone time, to get your thoughts together, pamper yourself, and keep your sanity!

4. Be productive. I've recently started blogging again, joining groups online, and I'm always researching something (currently cures for baby eczema and super sensitive skin). I've also taken up couponing which seems like a part time job in itself. In two weeks, I'll be finishing up grad school, so I'll have no choice BUT to stay busy and productive to combat boredness!

Good luck and stay strong, the moms online are always here to help and keep you company!

Jen.

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