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14 Activities to Fill Your Day as a Stay-At-Home-Mom

(a.k.a.- How to Survive Your Children)

Are you struggling to fill your day at home with anything besides Netflix? (Been there, done that, sometimes still do that.) Are you tired of your day being consumed by cleaning and cooking? (Not trying to be cliché – kids just tend to make lots of messes and eat A LOT)

Here is a list of things to do as a Stay-At-Home-Mom!

Start a Hobby
Better yet, grab a friend and start it together. Or have a friend teach you how or give you pointers! My good friend taught me how to crochet. We frequently get together, talk and crochet while our children go crazy. It’s a great way to entertain the kids while learning something new and fun. Plus, they make great gifts for people! Other hobbies might be: sports, scrapbooking, gardening (more on that in a second), and so many more. Don’t let money stop you either. Between gifts, thrift stores and some savvy Black Friday shopping, both my husband and I maintain extremely budget-friendly hobbies.

How better to teach your children what ministry looks like than to bring them with you to serve others! Grabbing coffee at a friend’s house who needs encouragement. Helping neighbor can their produce or weed their garden. Helping someone clean their house. It becomes a part of your childrens’ routine, and they will continue to do this for the rest of their life. Plus, you get interaction with others in the process. Always good for your sanity.

Gift Your Husband A Laugh
Send funny pictures to your husband while he’s at work! Just something I do with my husband. This may not be possible for everyone, but if you can swing it, it will definitely bring a smile to your face the next time you (or your husband) need a pick-me-up.
Start a Garden
It gets you outside. You can start as small as you want. And it’s incredibly addicting to watch life grow. Your kids will have a blast helping and watering, and sometimes ruining it in the process. (Don’t get too attached to your plants or veggies.) Take advantage of your Library for information, or a friend who is doing one already
Start Clotheslining!
It also gets you outside, gets you and your kids outside, which is proven to improve your mood, your clothes clean, and your energy bill smaller! (For tips, see my previous blog )
Montessori Activities With Your Kids!
If you google this online, you will find a plethora of activities to do with your kids. But most of them include messes. (Get over it Whatever Moms, messes are fun for kids. Just make them help you clean afterwards.) My son’s favorite is filling a brownie pan with flour and drawing shapes in it with his fingers, and driving his matchbox cars through it. And of course getting flour everywhere in the process. Hello vacuum! Side note, if you are looking for an amazing vacuum, this is the one to get…especially if you have pets (Eureka Boss SmartVac)
Go to the Library
Most libraries have a children reading/activity time. Your tax dollars are already paying for it, so you might as well utilize this. Plus, they’re pretty awesome.
Reading time: My sister gave my kid a teepee and it has been an amazing place for reading. If your kids don’t enjoy it at first, keep trying. They’ll get used to it. Or there are these magical things called doors that keep children in their rooms – use it! I’ve attached a great book my sister got me that is all about this!

Snack Time: Pack snacks in little Ziploc bags and teach your kids to fetch their own snacks. You’ll thank me when you’re snuggled up on the couch and your kid says he’s hungry.

Lunch: I’m privileged to have my husband home for every lunch, which admittedly makes lunch easier than it might otherwise be. But even if you don’t have that luxury, try to make the most of this time together around the table. Talk about your day so far, teach your kids to thank God for the food, and maybe even pray for Daddy at work.

Walk: This one is a no-brainer. You get exercise outside (along with some vitamin D), and the kids are strapped in with nowhere to go and nothing to destroy. Plus, if you have a dog, they get their exercise for the day. It’s a win-win-win.

Music/Dancing time: Fun for you. Fun for kids. Wears off energy you might have to spend doing something less fun.

10 minutes in, 10 minutes out
Inevitably, you will have to clean. Or cook. A solid 10 minutes invested into your kids will often satisfy them, for at least another 10 minutes of chores. 😉 It’s a great way to get things done without you or your kids going crazy. (This pertains mostly to smaller children, obviously.)
Give Your Kids Jobs
Kids love to feel like they’re helping you. They love spending time with you. If you have to clean, who says they can’t help? Or think they are helping at least. You’re investing in them. Examples: Have them hand you clothes as you fold. Teach them to fold socks. Picking up toys. Feeding the dog: My dog, Penny, won’t eat her food until my son pours all the food onto the floor. Scooping cooking materials into bowls for you. Grabbing a diaper for you.
My favorite podcasts to listen to are from Focus on the Family. I downloaded their app (Focus Daily) and there is a new one each day. There are so many great topics. Some from this week are: Getting Unstuck in your Relationships, Embracing your Childs Differences, Working Together as a Team in your Marriage, Practical Tips for Getting Organized.) It’s good stuff. I’ve included a link to some noise canceling headphones….they’re great for car rides too (a great Christmas present y’all).

Work Out
Going on a walk, or even doing Pilates with your kids around is good for them. Maybe they can even join you! My friend and I did Pilates together every week, and it was the highlight when my friends daughter would climb onto her lap during her stretches. Not always perfectly timed, but it’s kind of precious.
Skype the Grandparents!

They love it. The kids love it. And you have a chance to just relax for a second.

Survive: Some days are just going to stink. Like the poop you just discovered on the bedroom carpet. And that’s okay. It’s just one day. Tomorrow is a new day. Just keep your cool and press on. You are investing in a child that will go on to do great things. And when your child becomes the president or a firefighter or a teacher or astronaut, you will think back to the poop days and smile. Okay, I don’t know that for a fact. I’m just desperately hoping that is the case.

Alright Whatever Moms. I want to hear from you. What would you add to the list? Plus, don’t forget to capture your Whatever Mom moments on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtags #whatevermoms and #WhateverIsExcellent (or any other #whatever moment).

6 thoughts on “14 Activities to Fill Your Day as a Stay-At-Home-Mom

  1. My kids have trouble going outside and staying outside. We have found that putting our tent up outside and letting the kids take toys down there keeps them entertained for hours.

  2. Picnic, park (the church next door has swings so we go swing when it is nice), art time (play dough, markers, paint, chalk…), fort (we make one under our table), audio books (my 3 and 4 year old like to listen to Jonathan Parks, Adventures in Odyssey, Winnie the Pooh, Boxcar Children…) Thanks for making this list. Good ideas. I like the idea of sending funny pictures to your husband. I think we will start to do that.

    1. These are all great! I think I will probably write a blog on all that focus on the family provides. Their podcasts, adventures in Odyssey, their audio dramas, counseling, plugged in, boundless. They’re just an amazing company

  3. We used to use all sorts of thinks to make paint prints…dip cookie cutters, cut veggies, pine branches, etc in paint and print on paper. My kids loved that. Strips of paper and a glue stick (and one big sheet of paper to glue onto) is another easy way to occupy the shorties.

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