Stay at Home Mom by !sniperforever on deviantART
(This post took slightly longer than I thought it would to write!)
"Just what exactly DO you do?" This is something that will forever crack me up. The number of people who've asked me what I do with myself all day is astronomical. For you curious folks, here's what I do:
~ I take care of two children. Currently one is 5 and the other is 2 but at any given time over the past five years I have: changed diapers, fixed food for them, put them down for naps, worked on potty-training, given them baths, made bottles, taken care of them when they're sick, tucked them into bed, read them stories, played with them, played pretend and a million other games, cuddled them, worn them in a sling, tucked them into bed again, pushed them in a stroller, fed them, taken them on walks, played outside with them, dressed them, sang with them and tucked them into bed yet again. (And probably a gazillion other things I'm not thinking of at the moment.)
~ I take care of my husband. I pack his lunch box each day that he works, make his coffee and set out his work clothes. I do his laundry,
~ I take care of a household. We have a pretty good sized house. We have about nine rooms in said house - bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, living room, dining room and office. I cannot say I'm the world's best housekeeper (right now it looks like a bomb went off in the living room) but the chores I'm SUPPOSED to be doing are as follows:
- Doing the dishes
- Washing, drying, folding and putting away all the clothes, towels and sheets (In the summer I hang clothes out on the clothesline instead of drying them in the dryer.)
- Making the bed
- Sweeping and mopping the non-carpeted floors
- Vacuuming the carpeted rooms and rugs
- Washing windows
- Wiping down and/or dusting surfaces
- Picking up toys and clutter
- Sorting through mail and filing paperwork, bills, etc. into our filing cabinets.
~ I homeschool my kids. (Well, the youngest isn't *technically* homeschooling yet...but she joins in anyway.) This isn't something all stay at home moms do but I do. The actual schooling during the day is usually 3-4 hours but sometimes we spread it out over the course of the day. After planning for it, getting all the materials we need together and actually doing it, it does take a good portion of my time.
~ We also have errands and activities just like any other family. We go to the grocery store for groceries, the post office, the bank, etc. I try to organize playgroups from time to time with other mom friends and their children. We visit family and friends and go places with them. We participate in church activities. I babysit from time to time, and the kids generally go with me when I do. My oldest is just starting to get involved in more community sports and group activities so we have meetings, practices and games we're starting to attend.
~ I also try to have hobbies occasionally. Most of them happen after the kids go to bed. I'm an aspiring writer and I'd love to write a little each day but that normally doesn't happen. I do try to write for several hours 2-3 times a week, though. I also like graphic design, digital scrapbooking, sewing and am a huge bookworm. I always make time for reading - even if it's just squeezing it while the kids are occupied with something or while we're waiting somewhere.
So now you can understand why I feel like laughing hysterically when someone tells me how bored I must be with all this free time on my hands! :-)
This is Part Two in a Series:
Read Part One - The Lone Stay at Home Mom here.
Part Three - Keeping Sane ~ coming soon