What do SAH moms do all day?

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What do SAH moms do all day?
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Sun, 12-05-2010 - 10:59pm

Hi - I am new to this discussion board of stay at home moms.

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Mon, 03-12-2012 - 1:44pm
I took what she said to mean that what she does doesn't end like a nanny or dcp job would...

 

 

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Sat, 03-10-2012 - 8:19am
Absolutely love our family Y, there seriously is something for everybody there! It was when my kids were still in diapers that we regularly started going there too.

 

 

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Fri, 03-09-2012 - 8:49pm
To the original poster could you get a part time job? Even some hours away at times might help with your sanity. I stopped full time working in October but sub at my old job occasionally so I get some days out of the house especially on Saturdays when my husband is home with our son. Also if you join the YMCA or a gym you can exercise while your child is at the child watch thing. Some days if they're crazy I'll use a exercise bike while reading a book just to get some peace and quiet.
I have trouble coming up with a typical day since it varies a lot. My son gets up around 8ish and we take our time having breakfast and getting dressed unless we have an appointment or plans with friends. During this time if my son gets into a game then I'll let him play on his own for a little while or if he wants to snuggle up and read some books we'll do that for awhile. After we're ready we normally go out to either a playground (weather permiting), library, YMCA or shopping. Shopping can even be stuff like grocery shopping. It's not super exciting but gets us out of the house for awhile. Sometimes I combine things like playground then shopping. Some days there is nothing we need or the weather is nasty so we'll stay home. On these days I try to come up with some sort of special project like a craft or toy. Like perhaps we'll dump all his blocks and spend awhile building. I've also found playing music helps make it not seems so quiet and my son loves to dance.
We eat lunch around noon then go through the mail. My son likes to throw away our junk mail. If it's nice out we'll go for a walk. Recently they were doing some roadwork right up the street from our house so we'd walk up there since my son LOVES machines. If it's yucky out then I just let my son have some free play time.
At either 1:30 or 2 my son takes a nap. He's two and takes a 2-3 hour nap still so he'll sleep until 3:30 or 4 most days. I get most of the housework done during his nap and typically have some time to relax too. If he doesn't take a nap then I'll put on a show on netflicks for him to give him some time to relax and let me do other things.
When he gets up I try to do something educational since we're not doing preschool yet. I don't do flashcards or anything but we might read a book and I'll make an extra effort to point out things or we'll color together or do a craft. He also has some alphabet magnets so we might play with those or even just play with a ball but I'll work on up, down, in, out and directional words.
Once he tires of that activity we spend the rest of the day kind of just doing whatever. I'll make him spend 15 minutes playing on his own to give me a break. He had trouble with this at first (and I started out smaller like five minutes) but he's been doing better recently. Then we'll make dinner. He loves to help cook so whenever possible I include him in the cooking. After dinner I normally go off on my own for a little while and let my husband and son play together.
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Sat, 02-25-2012 - 10:01am
I think you have that backwards.....because what a WOHM parent does when not at their job (not just on weekends and at night since people work all kinds of hours), is what a SAHP does all week.
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Fri, 02-24-2012 - 1:16am
To the original question, the answer is during the week as a sahm you do whatever it is that you do on the weekends or at night, in combination with whatever nannies and day care workers do.
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Mon, 06-27-2011 - 2:54pm

LOL.

 

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Mon, 06-27-2011 - 2:45pm

why can't you get out and how old are your children?

i think everyone has a different meaning of what a break means, one advantage having a stay at home parent afforded us was the removal of stresses like working all day, getting kids to and from childcare and having to save for later what we don't need to do with a SAHP.

 

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Fri, 06-24-2011 - 8:08pm

Hey, all those many years (33 and still going but who's counting :smileywink:) have to mean something.

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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Fri, 06-24-2011 - 3:31pm

"But it's been proven that children fair better with an active parent who cares about their well being. "

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Fri, 06-24-2011 - 2:13pm

It must be like school. it really struck me how all the years dd was in school she did not learn a thing from me and only went by what she was told at school. I might as well not have been there!

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