It’s 8:35 pm, and it’s the first time I’ve sat down since I got home from work. Cleaning, laundry, cooking dinner, eating (while standing to bounce baby), baking muffins for tomorrow’s breakfast…
Well, I sat down twice to breastfeed–but even then, I held baby with one arm and multi-tasked when I needed to! Have you ever had a day like that? It can be exhausting.
These days, I’m wishing I could be a stay-at-home-mom. I absolutely love my job, but my priority is being a wife and mommy, and sometimes, I feel like I’m just giving half my effort for the two.
When it isn’t quite possible to be a SAHM, you’ve got to prioritize accordingly. The following list is to get me (and you) through the next few years, until SAHM-status is achieved!
- Communicate with your spouse. “I’m really exhausted today. Can you help me with one of my regular chores?” Just ask. It goes a long way, and sounds so much better than complaining!
- Opt for a “sick” day, every so often. Seriously, do it. But be smart about it! For example, my daughter and I both have appointments that need to be taken care of in the month of May. So, I scheduled them for the same day, and will not be going to work that day. I have good reason to miss work, yet I’ll be spending an entire day with my baby girl! It’s a break from the daily grind 🙂
- Choose your chores. Can your laundry wait an extra day? Can you ask a neighbor to please take your dog for a walk once a week? It’s totally okay.
- Monetize. One way to relieve stress (and to get you closer to being a SAHM) is to save money. Where can you cut costs? Trust me, I know this is hard, especially with children (and temptations like Starbucks).
- Pray. I don’t do this enough. God knows the plans He has for you! Find peace and rest in His ultimate goal for you. If it is His will for you to be a SAHM, you will be. Just talk to Him and He will guide you in the steps to get you to that point.
That’s all for today (tonight…gosh, it’s late already!)
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