- Gender and Relationships
5 Easy Ways to Help the Mom of the House Rest
Everyone needs reset especially the stay at home parent.
My wife is a stay at home mom. I would not have it any other way. This is experience speaking. You see there was a time that I was a stay at home dad. So to a certain extent I know what she is going through. I know what it is like to do the house work and to spend time with the kids while the wife was at work.
That is why this hit so close to home. Because I knew what it was like to have help when tired and just wanted to lie down
1) Do the Dishes
If you have a dishwasher this should be easy. Load washer - Run washer - Empty washer. If you do them by hand then plan some time to knock them off for your spouse. Its amazing how much time it will free up for the spouse. Trust me. I know. Turn on some music and go to work. It amazing when my wife comes into the kitchen and can't figure out what's different. Then watching the lights go on in her head is fun.
2) Do the Laundry
If you know the wife doesn't like the basement this should be an easy one for you.
To make things easier for you follow these steps...
Step 1) Sort the laundry
Step 2) Wash the laundry
Step 3) Run through the dryer or hang on the line - Warning cats like warm laundry to sleep on.
Step 4) Fold the laundry
Step 5) Put the laundry away.
To help you with your laundry check out this site
- How To Fold Towels And Save Space While Doing It
This is one of those things that I was playing around with and found that it worked. To the best of my memory I have always done the triple fold on towels. "Thanks mom". My job at the time was overnight. This include cleaning the house.
3) Get up with the kids
So you work the B trick and you are pulling even later hours because they need you at work. You have a child that has to get up at 6:20 AM and another who gets up at 8:00 AM. You most likely don't want to get up until they are about to get off the bus. This is a great surprise for the wife that stayed up waiting for you to get home just to spend a few moment with you.
Based on the lack of sleep I am curious to know...
What would you do?
4) Pile the kids in the car
Tell you what I will take the kids out for a while. You just rest. Nap, read, watch TV or what every you want to do. With that said, load up the car and drive away knowing that your wife is enjoying the peace and quiet.
5) Get a babysitter
And surprise her with a date night.
Its amazing how relaxed the wife looks when we go out on a date. Granted there haven't been that many. What I am suggesting is to plan a date night with your spouse. In this case surprise her. Plan ahead and line up a sitter if need be. And take the wife out. You know you want to. How about dinner or maybe a movie? Maybe both.
This may seam a bit extreme but take her to dinner and then have the waiter give your wife a room key. While she is looking on with confusion explain your plans.
Remember, one of the most importaint things to say is...
I LOVE YOU