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Question for SAHMs

Posted by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 11:05 PM
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What do you do to keep your kids busy all day? And what do you do to keep yourself sane all day?

I have not been a SAHM in a long time and I didn't really like it all that much when I was one (lack of money, always stuck at home, etc.) but when our 3rd  baby is born in November there is not really a way for me to return back to work because of daycare costs. So by that time my son will be almost 4, my daughter will be just barely a year old and I will have a newborn. My husband works 10 hour days but is usually gone 11, so it will pretty much just be me and the kids all day long. I am hoping my son will still get to go to preschool 3 days a week but I am not sure since my mom would be the one paying for it. When I stayed home with my son when he was little I was so stir crazy because we only had one vehicle and my husband took it to work and we had no family or friends where we lived so I was just stuck at home all day long. Luckily we will be getting a 2nd vehicle when ours is paid off in February so at least I can go places with the kids, but how do I keep 3 kids entertained all day by myself? I need a break from my kids, I am just not the kind of person who can spend 24/7 with them. I just don't want to get overwhelmed and frustrated all the time. I live in Colorado so it snows a lot in the winter which really limits our options for playing outside. I am just trying to get some feedback from moms who already stay home with one or multiple kids.

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TotallyWarped
by Bronze Member on Aug. 7, 2010 at 11:08 PM

I keep games and snacks readily available for any given moment. And I stay sane by taking times when he's napping to do things, little things like painting my toenails, for me.


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Honeybun09
by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 11:10 PM

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Mommy2BeAt15
by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 11:16 PM
I have one that 2, he is a boy. I live in the south so we do outside a lot and I make him have tv time even when he doesn't want to take a nap I still make him lay down and watch tv so I can have time to myself. Make then sit down or lay down somewhere for about an hour to have just for u. It helps a lot. Good luck
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trish2tew
by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 11:23 PM

If the weather is decent, we try to spend at least an hour or two outside. DD#1 can draw or finger paint. We read books or go swimming if the pool is open. Sometimes, we will go to the playground with the baby swings so DD#2 can swing. Unfortunately, we end up watching alot of tv, but that is going to change when we get rid of cable. 

tangleballlover
by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 11:23 PM

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marywilliams
by on Aug. 8, 2010 at 12:03 AM

I joined a local Mom's Club.  Saved my sanity.  We all get together twice a week for playdates, outings, etc.  The kids burn off energy and we get adult conversations!  I haven't made it to many activities lately because we've had a lot of company.  It is nice to have some other moms that can help out when you need help, to talk to or just feel less alone.

new_mom_in_2010
by on Aug. 8, 2010 at 12:07 AM

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My2babiesmom
by on Aug. 8, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Do you have any moms groups close by?  I have a two year old and a 10 month old, and I know what it feels like to go stir crazy.  Try to find some time to do things just for you, even if you have to hide in the bathroom for a few minutes.  :)

tyrelsmom
by on Aug. 8, 2010 at 3:04 PM

I don't find I need to entertain them much. They take care of entertaining each other most of the time.   I make sure we all go out at least a couple of days a week, so I don't get too stir crazy.  I found being a SAHM hardest (most boring) when my oldest was a baby.    With three, it's way more fun (although more tiring).  I've been a SAHM for over 5 years now.

kelza
by on Aug. 8, 2010 at 3:06 PM
I rotate my son's toys so he doesn't get bored easily. During the warmer months we go for walks and play outside.

I love being home with but son and have a group of friends that are SHAMs. We get together and let the kids play frequently. It's a good way for the kids to have a change of pace while the adults can talk about grown up things!
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