Being a Stay-at-home Mom – Staying at home with children can definitely be difficult, but also incredibly rewarding. I have a newborn, not yet two months old, and a little one who is almost two and a half, both boys. We’re also planning on homeschooling, so planning fun activities for all of us is crucial.
Television and DVDs can be a great tool, but I try to keep them to a minimum. My oldest needs to get his energy out and run around, otherwise he will definitely have a meltdown before dinner. So we have to do other things to keep everyone happy.
The baby is easy, I wear him in a Mei Tai – check them out here – when he’s not sleeping or nursing. He loves in there, and it’s really comfortable for me, too. It’s a great way to be able to wash the dishes or get other household things done without him just laying down and crying, which is what he would do otherwise.
So, my oldest is the one who needs the attention and activities. He’s got toys galore, but understandably, they do get kind of boring sometimes. There are a few that he loves, namely, his puzzles, magnet letters and various vehicles, and he loves being read to. He also enjoys playing with his blocks, but not as much. He’s also got a kiddy car that he likes to drive around the house. At the moment, he’s coloring with some washable markers.
Those are the toys, but not everyone has got a ton of toys! So what to do? When my son is bored of his toys, he can go out to our balcony and play out there. This worked really nicely in the summer, but now that it’s getting a big colder (not freezing where we live), instead of playing in a big bucket of dirt (yes, he enjoys this! He’s got a little shovel and rake), he plays.. In the mud! I think of it as science – dirt and water make mud! Look at that.
We also do something that’s being coined as “suburban hiking.” I wear the little one, take the big one’s hand and we walk where ever our feet take us. For longer trips, our library has a terrific children’s section, and we have also enjoyed walking around the mall, going into bookstore, toy stores (at almost 2.5 he knows all about window shopping!), and the little rides that are strewn all around.
I actually enjoy going out to eat with my kids, too! With the current financial climate, we don’t do this much anymore, but we have definitely enjoyed sitting together over a slice of pizza and watching the world.
Getting things done around the house may present a problem at times, but organizing things around lists has always been my go-to. My big guy also loves to be involved in whatever it is I’m doing, so I’ve learned to be productive while he’s awake, and just accepting that things will take twice as long with toddler. I have decided that when the children are sleeping, that’s my “me” time, so I decidedly do not do housework during their naps unless absolutely necessary.
I really love being at home with my kids, I feel really privileged to be able to do so. If it’s your path, too, a little creative savvy will keep every sane – most of the time, anyway!