Editor's note: This article was originally published on Becky Moseley's blog, Tales of Beauty For Ashes. It has been republished here with permission.
Being a stay-at-home mom is one of the greatest, hardest, joyous, and toughest job there is.
The days are long, some days are REALLY long. It is emotionally and physically exhausting. The endless diapers, constant use of the word "no," the screams of delight, seemingly endless mealtimes … it is the stuff of crazy making.
So, how does a semi-normal, stay-at-home mama (like yourself) stay sane amidst it all?
Here are a few ideas that have helped me, I would love to hear any additional ideas you have in the comments!
It seems counter intuitive. You don't get much sleep as a mama. But you need a lot of it. Especially if you are pregnant or nursing. Your body needs the energy to keep chasing after those precious babies. So, mama, stop checking Facebook. Stop Pinning. Put the book away. Go to sleep. Your body, your husband and your kids will thank you.
2. Have a schedule
This has been so helpful to keep me sane in the midst of the insanity. My little gal knows that at a certain time of day, it is nap time. It is just how it is, therefore, there is no fighting or fussing. She goes and gets her Ducky and crawls into bed. She also knows that after nap time, it is usually time to eat. So, it cuts down on the amount of times she says, "Eat" every day. Because of the routine, she only says it 59 times instead of 1,234 times. (kidding)
3. Mama's Time Out
This could be just time to go to the bathroom in peace. Oh, the luxuries that we took for granted when we were working. One thing that has helped me, is journaling. I love being able to process what is going on in my head and heart.
4. Teach your kids to play independently
My daughter is happy just to play by herself. Granted, I make an effort to spend time with her each day doing educational activities, but most of the day, she is happy just to play with things independently. Pom Poms have been a lifesaver. Whatever it is you use, train them to play by themselves. (Right now, while I'm working, my daughter is playing with pool noodles.)
This isn't a weeklong vacation (you wish!), this is just an hour or two, for you to get away. My husband has committed to giving me this time each month. It is just a few hours where I can go and do what I want. I can journal, read a book, shop for myself, whatever. This is so important, so you can remember who you are without kids. It feels weird. Honestly, it feels a little … lonely. But it is so essential.
There you have it, five simple but effective ways to keep your sanity while being a stay-at-home mom.
Becky traded in her teaching degree for diapers and dishes. Her blog, Tales of Beauty for Ashes, has tricks on anything from how to have a better marriage, to toddler activities. She is the author of the book, "The 30 Day Marriage Challenge."