I used to wonder what a day in the life of a stay at home mom was like. In fact, if I’m being honest, I used to imagine that it was incredibly boring.
Of course, this coming from a girl who was almost entirely convinced that she was never going to be a mom.
Cooking? Cleaning? Eating bon bons while watching your favorite soap opera?
Hard pass, thanks.
Try not to hold it against my former self. Girlfriend didn’t know what she didn’t know.
The fact is, a day in the life of a stay at home mom is exhausting work. It’s mentally taxing, emotionally challenging, and physically draining.
Add in a homestead to run and homeschool to manage?
Let’s just say I earn my twice weekly naps.
Because what a SAHM does every day is pours herself out, mops herself up, and then pours herself out again.
In the same spot.
And no one even really notices.
So that’s cool.
A snack! Not even breakfast, no, we jump right to the very phrase that has the ability to make the hairs stand up on the backs of moms necks all across the world.
And generally, this all takes place before 8 am.
Still think stay at home moms have it easy?
Okay, so I got a little cynical when describing my mornings, just then, but it’s a hard truth to face: it’s not glamourous.
Somedays, it’s not even fun.
Some times, it’s a full on raging battle, survival of the fittest, race to the bedtime finish line sort of day.
It’s a gift. It’s a luxury. It’s a treasure to be appreciated. Because in all that I’m choosing to do, each day, the fact remains, I’m choosing to do it with my kids.
Working mom stumbling upon this article, I am not shaming you for not being with your kids all day every day. In fact, some days I envy you.
I’m just saying.
Being with them is the whole point. The greatest perk. The light at the end of a long, winding, twisting, dark, damp, sometimes slimy tunnel.
All of the cons that I can think of are pebbles in comparison to the mountain high benefit of being the primary care giver, nurturer, and influence in my children’s lives.
Stay at home moms get to raise their babies! What more of a benefit do you need?!
I’m not saying it’s easy. I’m not saying I enjoy every minute. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t peace out to Starbucks on the regular to work on your hobby turned business blog and drink coffee like it’s the living water.
I’m just saying… when you think about it from an eternal perspective…
A laying on your death bed wishing you had one more day to live perspective…
Are you thinking of all the alone time you didn’t have?
Or are you thinking of being with your kids?
In light of my previous, slightly morbid questions, let’s jump into how we can make the most of the day!
I don’t know about you, but every day in the life of this stay at home mom has the uncanny ability to feel like deja vous.
Yet, praise God, every morning is a new chance to make the most of the one precious life you live!
So, the best way that I’ve found to really make the most of each day, is to know who I am, know what I value, and operate from that space of self-awareness.
I also like to plan out, like, every second, but very rarely do we stick to schedule.
Stay at home mom life can be a challenge. There are days that find us all a little cranky by that 2pm rest time.
And there are other days where we’re all so busy having fun together that we forget to rest until after 3pm.
With school coming up at the end of August, the day will change, have more structure and routine. Ebbs and flows, folks, ebbs and flows.
The key to creating a solid family rhythm is to know what you want out of every day, prioritize, and always self reflect and assess.