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I see this question asked all. the. time. "Do stay at home moms really need a daily schedule??"
Ok, sorry for shouting. But I constantly see and hear of SAHM's desperately trying to adhere to a schedule and fail miserably at it. Most stay at home moms absolutely do not need a rigid daily schedule in my eyes. (Although there is a small majority that has to have it and it really does work for them!)
Why, do you ask? Because, life. Life happens. Your infant would like to take a long nap today, which cuts your outing to the Children's Museum by 30 minutes. Then the schedule is off and you end up chunking it. So what's the answer then?
As a stay at home mom, you need a routine...
Yes, a routine. While a schedule has strict times of when you are doing something, a routine gives you the flexibility that you need in your mom life to get things done, but not be a slave to the clock.
While summertime completely throws off any routine we have, the school year is fixing to start. As a homeschooling, stay/work at home mom, a routine is essential for me to get through the day! This year, we start Kindergarten and so our daily routine will look a little something like this:
- Mom- wake up, get ready, do a little work and start breakfast
- Kids- Wake up about an hour after mom, breakfast, clean up and get ready for the day
- School about 9-11ish (again, up in the air)
- Free play while mom gets lunch ready
- Nap/Quiet time for the kids, mom does work
- Free play, errands, library, children's museum, etc
- Play with dad
- Clean up and get ready for bed
- Read aloud
- Prayers and off to bed
While the only thing that has a set(ish) time is school work, most everything else happens in an hour window of the day. If the kids sleep in until 7:45am instead of 7am, we just move everything back 30 minutes to an hour, unless we have to be somewhere at a certain time. Then, we just rearrange things or skip some non-essentials to get back on track.
A stay at home mom routine can help you get more done
On top of our daily routine, I like to make myself a to-do list in my bullet journal with what I need to absolutely get done that day. I sometimes start this list as soon as I think of something that I need to do that day, but will usually start the list the night before and add to it in the morning and through the day. Then, I can visually see what I need to get done that day and fit them in as I have time.
The routine and to-do list help me stay on track, but not stress about getting everything done. As much as I'd like to be, I'm not superwoman. I have a ton on my plate and I really cannot get everything done every single day without fault. When I think that I can always get it done, I tire myself out and feel like a failure. This way, I just migrate tasks to the next day and use the weekends when my husband is home to catch up on things that may not have gotten done during the week. Less stress for me all around!
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