Being a stay-at-home parent is a tough gig. Being a working parent is a tough gig.
Being a parent is a tough gig! Amen?
Overall I truly love being a stay-at-home mom, but our good and bad days go in ebbs and flows as they do with any paid job. Some day are smooth sailing and immensely enjoyable, and other days I feel like begging Jamie to trade places with me just so that I could enjoy his 30 minute drive each way to work to have some peace and quiet. I have several close girlfriends around the country who are also stay-at-home moms, and we absolutely, positively need each other as sounding boards when things are straight bananas at home. It truly takes a village!
I think there’s a reason “mom groups” on Facebook are so popular. We need solidarity. We need to know that others are struggling with this or that and that we’re understood. Having someone tell you on your hardest days of parenthood that you’re actually a rockstar parent is one of the most powerful things one could ever hear.
As for me and my girlfriends, we often fall into emotional ruts when we’re not doing anything to focus on ourselves. If you’re a stay-at-home parent whose heart is searching for something to recharge your batteries, consider these 10 outlets as a means of doing something you enjoy that’s (mostly) for you. It’s hard to give your children the best of you if you don’t have the best of you to give.
1.) Join a gym and attend regular classes.
2.) Train for a specific fitness event.
3.) Volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Boys and Girls Club, or another organization/charity in need.
4.) Serve on a leadership committee with your church, MOPS group, etc.
5.) Get involved with a direct sales company that sells products you’re interested in or passionate about.
6.) If you enjoy being crafty, set up an Etsy shop.
7.) Take an online fitness instructor certification course and consider teaching classes at a gym that also offers childcare.
8.) Start a blog or a book club.
9.) Pick up a new hobby, such as photography, crocheting, playing piano, etc.
10.) Find a mom’s group or play group that you enjoy.
How do you take care of yourself by making time for yourself?