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I have always wanted to be a stay at home mom. Always! I loved the idea of not having to answer to anyone, being on my own schedule, and catching up on DVR. But, as moms, we all know we are rarely on our own schedule, but rather our children’s. And the DVR, well…it just has to wait until the kids are in bed.
No one really tells you that staying home all day with kids is a job in itself. A hard one at that. I do love it though, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
One thing that has made it easier for me is having a schedule to follow. As a mom, flexibility just has to come with the territory, but following a general guideline can make your day much more productive and happy.
1. Wake up earlier than the kids. I get the most done in the hour before the monsters arise and the chaos begins. Have a cup of coffee and get your cape on, because you need to be ready to take on the day.
2. Make a to-do list for the day. Not a whole lot feels better than checking off little boxes of accomplishment, amiright!? Bonus points if you make the to-do list the night before. Try this Bloom Daily Planner or get your FREE PRINTABLE here. Writing it out kind of seals the deal if you know what I mean.
3. Ever heard of personal devlelopment? It’s a great way to set the tone for the day. In fact, the way you start your day has a huge impact on how successful the rest of your day will be. Try some daily affirmations or start your morning with a chapter from a really good personal development book.
4. Block off time for yourself. This is so important for your sanity. Take the kids to the park, an indoor play place, pop in a movie – anything to give you a breather. Mama needs to be ready to run when the time calls.
5. Go to bed earlier. This will not only help you to begin setting your plan for tomorrow, but also to get the rest you need. Those little ones are relying on you to have it together so their day runs as smooth as possible.
6. Be realistic. Kids are unpredictable at times. They become tired and overwhelmed just like we do. Maybe your storytime just doesn’t work that day, or sweet little Lucy wakes up with a stomach bug – it happens and the show must go on, maybe just not as planned. Do your best. I don’t know many people who do it better than moms, and you are no exception.
What does your daily schedule look like? Do you plan ahead, or are you a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kinda gal? I’ve been both! Leave a comment below!