Real Mom Tips: Staying Sane as a SAHM Mom

I’ve been a SAHM since my daughter was born, two and a half years ago. Being able to stay at home and watch her every development, her every step, her every movement has been a blessing that not every mom gets to enjoy. But to be completely honest, I get a little sick of watching her EVERY MOVEMENT. I’m still more than a mother, right?

Here are some things I’ve learned are super important when it comes to staying sane as a SAHM:

1. When your little one was first born, I’m sure that people said, “If you need anything, let me know,” right? Well, those are usually good people and most are willing to watch your kiddo at any age while you get a couple hours of alone time.

2. As she starts sleeping better, make time for yourself. I get up an hour and a half earlier than my toddler so I can play online or catch up on an episode of my fave TV show.

3. Unless you still sleep when he sleeps, take advantage of naps! Don’t just do chores or pay bills; one nap a day should be for you to draw or crochet or whatever you do.

4. If you’re married, don’t neglect your other half! They are in this with you and typically have no idea what they’re doing either. Be each other’s support, and allow a date night every once in a while.

5. Hook up with other local moms…and talk about more than just the kids! Sure, you can swap tips and tricks, but talk about adult stuff too.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my daughter more than life itself. Some may disagree with me but this is my motto: Being a mom is my number one priority, but I’m more than just a mom; I’m a woman/wife/daughter/sister/friend that has my own needs – and you do, too.

Amber Goodman is a wife and SAHM of her two-year-old daughter. When not reading Curious George, she enjoys reading Dan Brown, Michael Crichton, and writing her own works.

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