?From Working Mom to SAH Mom-Help!

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?From Working Mom to SAH Mom-Help!
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Sun, 06-21-2009 - 5:45pm

Hi,


My family will be relocating to out of state in about 45 days and I have always worked full time.

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Mon, 06-22-2009 - 10:54am

I wonder every single day what on earth I'm going to do with my 2-year-old, LOL.

You'll go crazy if you don't have some kind of pattern to the days. Alternate meal/snack time, play time, and rest time. Sit down together for all meals.

Have the older kids help with the set up and clean up after meals and snacks.

For play time you can't beat the outdoors. If you have a yard, send them out to play in the sprinklers. A few balls and squirt toys will be fun for everyone. If you don't have a yard, take a trip to the park whenever the weather is tolerable. If you have money to spend, you could also go places like Pump It Up or the zoo. If money is tight, indoor playplaces at malls or fast food places are good if you can resist making a purchase. Visit the children's section of the library and have them pick out a book to read. And of course there is the boring (but it does kill time) errand-running.

After lunch have some quiet time. For the little one, this will probably be a nap. For the older ones, they can do jigsaw puzzles, watch some educational shows, play some board games, read, etc.

Then do it all again until dinner, followed by the usual bedtime routine.

Wear them out, feed them, let them rest.
Wear them out, feed them, let them rest.
That's my recommendation.

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Registered: 06-27-1998
Mon, 06-22-2009 - 11:21am

<Wear them out, feed them, let them rest.
That's my recommendation.>>


Heck, that's my motto!

PumpkinAngel

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Mon, 06-22-2009 - 11:28am

"Wear them out, feed them, let them rest.
Wear them out, feed them, let them rest.
That's my recommendation."

Words to live by.

Chris

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

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Registered: 04-15-2006
Mon, 06-22-2009 - 11:51am

Hi Finally.Me!


Thank you so very much for your insight!

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Mon, 06-22-2009 - 1:16pm

Plan your weekly activities the same way that you would plan your weekly menus. Otherwise you're going to wake up and think "aw crud, I have no idea what we're going to do today" and everyone is going to end up sitting in front of the TV all day. Of course, the best-laid plans are still going to go somewhat awry, but it's the pattern that's important.
So you could have something like this:

MONDAY
Breakfast: French toast, milk, juice, grapes
AM activity - park
Snack: apple slices, goldfish crackers, juice
Rest activity - board games
Lunch: Chicken nuggets, macaroni, corn, milk, fruit
PM activity - indoor playplace, trip to grocery store
Snack (same as AM snack)
Rest activity - movie
Dinner: pork chops, mashed potatoes, peas
Bedtime routine

TUESDAY
Breakfast: Pancakes, Juice, Milk, Orange
AM activity - Pump It Up
Snack: peaches, wheat thins, juice
Rest activity - jigsaw puzzle
Lunch: ham and cheese sandwich, milk, fruit
PM activity - backyard water play
Snack (same as AM snack)
Rest activity - educational TV
Dinner - lasagna, salad, breadsticks
Bedtime routine

WEDNESDAY
Breakfast: scrambled eggs, toast, juice, milk
AM activity - zoo
Snack: grapes, yogurt, juice
Rest activity - read
Lunch: spaghetti and meat sauce, salad, milk, fruit
PM activity - indoor playplace, trip to post office
Snack (same as AM snack)
Rest activity - board game
Dinner - chicken & broccoli casserole
Bedtime routine

THURSDAY
Breakfast: cereal, toast, banana, juice, milk
AM activity - park
Snack: pear slices, graham crackers, juice
Rest activity - jigsaw puzzle
Lunch: fish sticks, peas, carrots, milk, fruit
PM activity - backyard water play
Snack: (same as AM snack)
Rest activity - educational TV
Dinner - taco night
Bedtime routine

FRIDAY
Breakfast: biscuits, mixed fruit, milk, juice
AM activity - library
Snack: oranges, wheat thins, juice
Rest activity - arts and crafts
Lunch: hot dogs, cucumber slices, milk, fruit
PM activity - skating/bike riding around the neighborhood, trip to bank
Snack: (same as AM snack)
Rest activity - movie
Dinner - pizza
Bedtime routine

and then whatever you normally do on weekends.

(And for anyone thinking I just spent WAY too much time on this post, this is just as much for my benefit as hers, LOL)

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Registered: 04-15-2006
Mon, 06-22-2009 - 1:58pm

WOW!

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Mon, 06-22-2009 - 3:39pm

I'm so glad I could be of help! :-)
Just remember that planning it doesn't mean it will actually happen, but the beauty of it all is in the flexibility. If the schedule says "go to park" and it's raining, then you go to a playplace instead. If they'd rather poke their eyes out than work on a jigsaw puzzle, find out what they're interested in and have them work on their new hobby instead. Maybe they can build models or learn a skill.

And check your newspaper for any local events that the kids might find fun (children's plays, festivals, museum exhibits, family fun runs, etc) to help break up the monotony.

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Wed, 06-24-2009 - 4:22pm

I became a SAHM for the same reason, a move for DH's job. My kids were ages 2 and 7 months at the time.

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Registered: 06-06-2009
Thu, 06-25-2009 - 1:02am

Just remember

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Registered: 04-15-2006
Fri, 06-26-2009 - 10:25am

Thank you Ashmama,


Lots of wonderful insight and great ideas!

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