Here are my tips to remain sane. It’s not easy, but this just might help you not want to scream on a daily basis. Well, I won’t go that far, but it might reduce the tears that are shed after a long day just after bedtime.
1. Sleep when you can get it.
I mean that, if you have the opportunity to take a nap, or go to bed early. DO IT, don’t waste time thinking about it. You never know when you’re going to have a kid throwing up all night. That’s my excuse anyways.
2. Plan meals.
Planning meals is very important. Coming up with dinner on the fly sucks. This is the one that I am really bad about, with the exception of Spaghetti Wednesdays. Planning meals is an easy way to budget your grocery bill too.
3. Keep the routine.
If your kids have a relative idea of what is expected during the day it will make your life so much easier. Less questions too….. Which is a bonus.
4. Get out of the house!
This one definitely needs an exclamation point. Getting out of the house is beyond important. I try to leave my house at least once a day, even if it is just walking down to the mailbox. If you have the ability to get out of the house alone then DO IT! Don’t ask questions, if someone offers to watch the kids while you run a quick errand, grab your purse and GO.
(I shouldn’t have to say this, as long as it is a trusted person you are leaving your kids with. Don’t leave them with a random person please.)
5. Take me time.
I have found that it is super important to have about 20 minuites of me time daily. Sometimes that me time happens at midnight other times, it’s getting to take a bath alone. Generally I get my me time at the gym.
6. Kids are more important than dishes.
Hanging with kids, making memories and going on adventures is much more important than ensuring every corner of your home is clean. I am not advocating for being slob, but there are things that can wait.
I have been a stay at home mom now for 7 years and I have found that trying to keep up on these 6 things has made being a stay at home mom much easier.
Do you have any other suggestions for remaining sane? Bring on the feedback!