Any suggestions for stay-at-home parents who are "bored" with being home?
Repetitive daily chores, children who need attention almost every waking moment (between all of them, not just one child all day long) and no vehicle for travel can lead to b-o-r-e-d-o-m. How many times can you: play hide-and-seek, bake, make crafts, fold clothes, wash dishes and prepare meals and snacks before you're ready for a break in the monotony? Any suggestions for parents who desire to enrich their children's childhood, but seriously need an unavailable break?
Try swapping with a neighbor or friend ~ watch their kids for a couple hours and then have them watch yours. Getting a break from the routine would give you an energy boost and fresh outlook on the daily repetition.
Garden. If the kids are old enough to help put them at one end of the garden and you work at the other end. Another option is quiet time. I make my boys play in their room for 30 minutes each day when they are home and reward them if they do well. Usually I use this time to clean up but sometimes I just blast a cd and relax. I'm a work at home mom though so boredom usually doesn't happen. However feeling like I haven't had a real conversation does. Getting out doesn't usally do much for me when I know I will have to come back to the same thing. I love it but it is mentally draining.
I've definitely had those moments. I've always thrived on being stimulated intellectually. I love to learn and grow. Being a mom has definitely provided plenty of learning and growth, but the repetitive duties make it boring.
When my first child was just over a year, I started a consulting job from home that provided stimulation for my mind and was also a social avenue for me. It fulfilled these needs and was also something that I was passionate about- health and wellness.
Also, chatting with other grown-ups and socializing is key. I love my children, but I do need some time to converse with adults. Even having a play date with another mom can achieve this and let your kids socialize with other kids as well.
Do you have any playgroups near to you? Around here there are several run by local churches (although they're non-religious!). They are either free or just cost a pound or two. They broke the monotony of being at home, my child got to socialise with other children, and I met loads of lovely friends, who are still amongst my best friends now. There are usually also free activities at libraries and some local baby clinics.
If there is nothing like that near you, maybe you can make your own. It doesn't have to be large-scale, you can just take it in turns with friends to have everyone round to your home. The kids will love playing with other children's toys, as they are always more exciting than their own! And you can relax (up to a certain point..), have a coffee and talk to other grown-ups.
Other than this there are usually singing groups, which the children love. And going to playgrounds, if the weather is good. (Or even if it is not). If there are no playgrounds near you, how about going walking? You could turn it into an adventure or a treasure hunt, asking them to find things on the way, like a leaf, a feather, or a stone. Biking or scooting anywhere is pretty much an adventure when you're little.
by Frenchie Kisses 2 years ago
With Mother's Day and Father's Day around the corner I'm hoping to gather information/feedback regarding stay-at-home parenting. This is what I would like to know: - How many of you came from a household where there was a stay-at-home parent and were there...
by India Arnold 6 years ago
What do you think are the pro's and con's of being a stay at home mom?
by McKenna Meyers 23 months ago
How do you respond to someone who's openly disdainful to your life choices?I'm a stay-at-home mom to two sons, one with autism. Staying at home has certainly hurt us financially, but it was the right choice. I had been a kindergarten teacher and couldn't imagine being with kids all day long only to...
by Susan Reid 3 years ago
Mitt Romney thinks so.Yet almost 64% of moms with young kids work.What's the solution here?Romney said in Tuesday’s interview that he thinks it’s preferable for one parent to stay home when children are young. The comment came during a discussion of early-childhood education and preparing for...
by Marissa 7 years ago
What made you decide to be a Stay-at-home-Mom or Stay-at-home-Dad?I decided that I didn't want to miss the precious childhood years of my children, loving them and teaching them the only way a mother can. What was your reason?
by TKLMommy 6 years ago
If you had the choice to either be a stay at home mom or to go out to work, which would you choose?I know there will be people on both sides of this question. There are those that can't handle staying home, they don't feel accomplished if they don't go out to work and bring home a paycheck. While...
|HubPages Device ID|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Google Analytics|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel|
|Google Hosted Libraries|
|Google AdSense Host API|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels|
|Author Google Analytics|
|Amazon Tracking Pixel|