Whether you’re a stay at home mom, or a mom who works from home with her kiddos in tow, you know that being at home with your child all day can be both a blessing and a curse.
Pretty much every day, you have the whole day laid out in front of you as a blank slate that’s your to fill in as you choose. And while this may seem like the ideal situation, if you’ve been a SAHM or WAHM for very long, you know how easy it is for time to get away from you, and how often you might look back at the end of the day and wonder, What did I do today? At least I know I do.
One thing I’ve learned about myself since I became a mom four and a half years ago, is that really I’m not very good at staying at home. The lack of structure, and my easily distractable and procrastinating personality, often make it hard for me to do the things that I should do, or even the things that I want to do and have good intentions of getting done.
I have found, that without some form of structure and being intentional with my day, time seems to slip easily through my fingers and I can often come to the end of the day and ask myself that question, what did I do today?
Because as stay at home and work at home moms, we do have the luxury of flexibility and spending our time the way that we want to, I think that it’s really important to establish routines that can help us to get the most out of our time that we can.
Routines add a flow to our days that is not only good for us, but also good for our little ones, who usually thrive on structure and having a basic idea of how things will happen each day.
Here are the routines that I have found to be really helpful in ordering and structuring my days as a work at home mom. I’ll tell you about how they work for me and my family, and hopefully that will give you some encouragement and inspiration for setting up helpful routines in your home for yourself and your kids.
Remember that routines are supposed to help you move more smoothly through your days, getting the things done that you need to and want to, every day. They aren’t supposed to be constricting, or stressful, if you don’t do the exact right thing at the exact right time. Routines should be flexible, and are not the same thing as having a schedule.
Most of my routines don’t have a specific time attached to them. I know what time the kids need to be up and getting ready in the morning, I like to eat meals around the same time every day, and my kids function best when quiet time occurs at the same time every afternoon, but with young kids, things often get side-tracked or delayed and don’t happen exactly the way you plan, and that’s okay.
What routines have you found help to make your days at home with your kids run more smoothly?