SAHM Tips Needed!

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  1. aroyer

    aroyer <font color=green>I am shy, but once you get know

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    Ok, I am about to be in my final week of work! :cool1: So I am trying to start wrapping my head around being home with the kids 24/7. So all you SAHMs I need some tips! What works, what doesn't- I know everyone is different, but it helps to see the pluses and minuses. I was a SAHM with my DD until she was 3 1/2 so I have some knowledge, but it has been 4 years!! TIA!
     
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  3. PrincessNancy96

    PrincessNancy96 Scrapbook Mom Moderator

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    Just have fun!!!
    Try to get a little bit of a routine in places but allow for changes because they will always happen!!!
    Pick a day and do a special lunch with your kids outside of the home, be it a picnic at the park every now and again!
    I'll think some more on it... I've been a SAHM for 11 years now and LOVE IT!!
    Somethings have become so natural around here that I don't even think about it when we do it!
    I do have special time for each one of my kids every night!!!
     
  4. Diana Lyn

    Diana Lyn <font color=9933cc>A sucker for 90210<br><font col

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    I've been a SAHM for 4 years now and LOVE it.

    The biggest thing I'd say is try to stay busy, just sitting around you'll lose your patience and your mind! We go on a lot of outings--to the park, to the museum, playgroups.

    Like Nancy said, develop a routine, but don't turn it into a schedule and you'll be fine!
     
  5. mumom95

    mumom95 DIS Veteran

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    My biggest piece of advice is to join some kind of MOMS Club or something. The kids will love it, and the adult interaction you will find is a life saver. Just do a google search for MOMS Club, your city (Moms Offering Moms Support) and you should be able to find one in your area.
     
  6. mommy2mrb

    mommy2mrb Mama to a Princess - But I'm A Scrap Princess!

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    Congratulations!! I have never regreted my decision to be a SAHM have been for 8 years this month since I got preggers w/DD and love it.

    DD is starting 2nd grade in two weeks. I am room mom once a week, plan their parties for the year, help in class and the teacher doing whatever needs to be done. I also started working in the school library once a week last year and will do so again this year and am taking over our "SuperStars" assembly by being the "prize mom" (buying and setting up the prizes for the kids who went above and beyond that month).

    I was involve with the Mom's club for years until DD went into kindergarten, its great with your younger child, but I think once they go into school most mom's leave due to school activities.

    My day's go pretty quick between all the household duties, errands, DISsing, and scrapping when I can. DD is also taking dance class two nights a week and CCD once a week. I do try to have a day each month that do nothing except for me to recharge, its usually my pedi day or getting a h-cut.

    I am kind of going back to work for DH as he just started up in own biz, but it shouldn't be more than a few hours a week doing paperwork, etc and errands.

    My advise for summer or school breaks, schedule some down time for everyone each day. This summer we did the library each week, one playdate a week, art camp at Michael's for a couple of days, lunch out for special treat days, swimming and park and had a mom/daughter day with mani/pedi's lunch and shopping for school clothes.

    Most of all :dance3: :hug: :laughing: and know your fellow SAHM are here for those :headache: days!

    Lisa
     
  7. DisneyMommyMichelle

    DisneyMommyMichelle Always Dreaming...

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    hahaha i'm guess I'm the only one that is in favor of the schedule :) It works for me perfectly! It gets all the housework done, gives us play time, nap time, outing time and time to make meals. I LOVE IT! I live by my schedule and i always allow room for pop-ups and such and i'm totally flexible, but it allows me to know what to do when :)

    Mine is even Super Nanny Style in a check list and everything! :laughing:

    I'm also a list maker that is running a small home business too, so i really need to manage my time or else i would get nothing done. :)

    Welcome to the worold of SAHMs! It's crazy, and so much fun!! :hug:
     
  8. Queenie

    Queenie Mouseketeer<br><font color="green">Will wear a lim

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    I'd love to see your schedule Michelle, I keep trying to organise one but never seem to do it. My only rules are laundry on Mondays, ironing on Wednesdays, works as i don't have kids yet.

    Glad to see lots of happy SAHMs here, I get strange looks from my friends when they hear that's my plan and my mum and sister keep asking when I'll get a "proper" job instead of "just" looking after the house. Just keep smiling, just keep smiling...
     
  9. BernardandMissBianca

    BernardandMissBianca <font color=red>I just love a dancing banana!<br>< Moderator

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    You know my answer to that Queenie, being a SAHM is a job. We just get paid in hugs and kisses instead of dollars and cents. I swear I am busier now then when they were babies, car pool, sports, play dates, etc... I have to have a schedule too. I'm pretty flexible from day to day stuff.
    Sundays is usually laundry day
    Monday grocery (no kids)
    Fridays - errands
    everyday- trash, dishes
    Saturdays are our day to just be, DH is gone so much so this is the day we take off as a family, grab lunch, see a movie etc..
    Things like that.

    As for house cleaning I try to pick up during the week in every room and then take 1 or 2 rooms a day and really clean them.


    Funny how your mum wants you to go to work. In Japan, which is where my brother is moving to, they were appalled to find out that not only did my mom work but her job was to look after other peoples children so they could work. In Japan you are expected to quit your job either as soon as you get married or have kids.
     
  10. DisneyMommyMichelle

    DisneyMommyMichelle Always Dreaming...

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    ahh get used to the proper job question! I get it ALL the time! And when i don't get that, i get tons of people that want to leave their kids with me, walk their dogs, take them to appts. and the like all because "michelle doesn't do anything"

    :rolleyes: It's a pain!!


    alright here is my schedule mon-friday (DH does not work on the weekends and we go out of our way to spend as much time together as a family as possible! and he helps with everything!)

    It helps to be super flexible, because usually coming off the weekends, the kids take their naps SOOO much earlier and I have to rearrange stuff :)

    DH just got a new job recently, so my schedule has been altered since i last posted it somewhere! haha!
     
  11. BernardandMissBianca

    BernardandMissBianca <font color=red>I just love a dancing banana!<br>< Moderator

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    man you have a system down! I wish I were that organized.
    It must be nice to have DH come home for lunch, I would love that. Of course I would love for him to have a normal job too. He works on the road 45 weeks a year all over the world. So we cram 7 days worth of stuff into 30 hours. Come home on Friday, leave on Sunday.
    This week he is home so it's major construction time. We need to finish building our bookcases for the living room.
    Over the summer we have been pretty lax on the schedule but come school time it's another story.
    7am up, dress, eat
    8am drop kids off at school, me and DD walk til 9:30, then shower while she naps. I do what ever, dishes, clean, DIS :rolleyes1

    10:30 hang with mom, run errands, clean

    noon: lunch, DIS while eating

    3pm get boys

    after school - sports, homework, playtime!

    6:30 dinner

    7:30 baths

    8pm DS5 and 6 off to bed, sometimes DD if I can get her to go down
    8:30 -9 DS11 bed

    rest of the night- Mommy time!

    Of course when DH is home the schedule goes all wonky depending on where he is coming from. If he has a time change it throws us off too.
     
  12. aroyer

    aroyer <font color=green>I am shy, but once you get know

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    Thanks for the tips! Buffy, I like how you have scheduled DIS time!! It will be interesting the first month, DD doesn't go back to school until the 27th. So we will have just settled into a schedule and then she will go back and we will adjust to a whole new schedule! I did decide today that while DS naps, DD and I are going to have reading time. I have been dying to catch up on my reading, so she is going to read her book and I am going to read mine (Does DIS count as reading???? ;) ). Other than that I haven't a had a chance to even think about a schedule. Things are nuts- finishing up projects at work, getting the nanny's last few days in order, dinner parties (4 to be exact) and in-laws coming to stay with us (no worries, the fun kind).
     
  13. DisneyMommyMichelle

    DisneyMommyMichelle Always Dreaming...

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    Yes it is nice to have DH come home for lunch. It's a HUGE difference! His old job took him 1.5hrs to drive to and he started at 5am! :faint: so needless to say we never saw him, but it was still mon-fri, so that was nice :) Then this opened up and OMG it is RIGHT across the street! haha! so we have a lot more DH/daddy time :) It can get a bit nerve wracking at times ;) but it's fun ::yes::
     
  14. BernardandMissBianca

    BernardandMissBianca <font color=red>I just love a dancing banana!<br>< Moderator

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    I would start right off the bat with a school type schedule. No lounging in pjs till noon, eat when DD would normally eat lunch, playtime outside in the afternoon. It will make your life so much easier!!! Especially make your morning routine solid now. About a month before school starts, which would be this week, we start cutting back the bedtime, and start getting up earlier, etc..

    And yes DISing does count as reading. ;)
     
  15. aroyer

    aroyer <font color=green>I am shy, but once you get know

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    We really haven't strayed too much from our school schedule- except at bedtime. DD gets up pretty early and always gets dressed, she's pretty particular about that. She eats around the same time as school as well, her tummy is trained! I guess that the biggest schedule transition will be for me! :lmao: Going from working full time, to home with 2 kids, to home with 1 and 1 at school.

    Any thoughts on how to transition DS (2) from his nanny? He is pretty attached to her (looks for her even when she isn't coming) and doesn't understand that she is leaving.
     
  16. PrincessNancy96

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    aroyer~
    2 more days..are you ready for your new job????????
    It's gonna be fun!!!
     
  17. aroyer

    aroyer <font color=green>I am shy, but once you get know

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    Yes, Yes, Yes!!! I am so ready to be done with this blasted job. DH's family (love them) thinks I should just blow off the last few days. That's not who I am though, way too loyal. I can handle two more days. :cool1: :cool1: :cool1: :cool1: :cool1: :cool1: :cool1:
     
  18. aroyer

    aroyer <font color=green>I am shy, but once you get know

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    LAST DAY!! LAST DAY!! :cool1: :cool1: :cool1:
     
  19. AlexWyattMommy

    AlexWyattMommy <font color=deeppink>Okay, here I am, out of high

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    Happy Last Day!!!
     
  20. PrincessNancy96

    PrincessNancy96 Scrapbook Mom Moderator

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    Happy last day of work!!! ;)
     
  21. maria34a

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    Congrats!!! Have a great last day!!!! :banana: :banana:

    Gotta have the dancing banana for this!!!
     

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