If you were really expecting to read an article about a typical day in the life of a stay-at-home mom, you will be disappointed.
There is no such thing as a “typical” day in the life of a stay-at-home mom, especially with a toddler. While there are a lot of redundancies, mundane activities and household tasks that are all a part of each day, much like any other job, no day could accurately be called “typical.”
Good Days and Bad Days as a Stay-at-Home Mom
Like anyone, stay-at-home moms have their good days and their bad days. Admittedly, even a bad day at home is better than the worse day at an outside job.
On a really good day, the toddler is cooperative, playful, hungry at food time, sleepy at nap time, the housework gets done, mom finds a bit of time to work, and most importantly, to enjoy one-on-one time with the toddler.
Most typical days for this stay-at-home mom go like this:
Wake up when baby wakes up, change baby, get baby something to drink. Rub open your eyes. Make baby breakfast. Pour a coup coffee if there’s any left in the coffee pot from the daddy’s morning coffee. Chase baby around to put him into his high chair. Turn on PBS. Start the laundry. Clean up any dishes or cups. Check email. Start writing an article. Clean baby and high chair after breakfast. Clean high chair tray. Get more coffee or tea.
Play with baby. Work when baby plays independently. Nap time. Real work time begins for mom. Until baby wakes for lunch. Prepare food, let baby eat, clean up baby and change baby’s clothes. Shower time. Dress up time and it’s off to wherever- play group, the park,…….the library…until nap and dinner…play time…bath time..play time…bed time.
Now in that constant activity the toddler will reward the stay-at-home with dancing, talking, laughing, playing and hugs. Some toddlers even help take the laundry out of the dryer (yes, mine does).
The bad days are infrequent. I no longer get that sinking feeling in my stomach anymore on Sunday night, contemplating work on Monday morning. I actually enjoy Sunday nights now, and knowing that there will be no useless meetings or six supervisors convoluting the same issue, there is only one little person that needs my attention and time.
Making Each Day Special
When you are a stay-at-home, either for a temporary amount of time, for part of the week, or every day, there are ways to get the most out of each day for you and your toddler. There are incredible opportunities for learning, bonding, and, yes, playing.
Stay-at-homes are in a unique position to truly help mold emotionally-strong, intelligent, disciplined and imaginative children. While no day is typical, they are all important, and it is the most important “job” in the world.