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It’s Not as Easy as You Think…

Yesterday, I talked about my typical day as a stay at home mom and some of the joys that come along with it. Today, let’s talk about the time management issues of a stay at home mom and how to work around it.

As mentioned in a previous post, I started off as a career mommy. When my husband got orders, I had to resign from my job and we relocated. Upon getting settled, I decided to stay at home with my son and work on my writing career. I enrolled into online writing classes and joined the Christian Writers Guild Apprentice Program. Besides, I thought I would have a lot of spare time since I was not working a typical 40 hour job. Boy, was I wrong!

I now find myself busier than I was when I was working. There is always something to do. I used to work 8 hours a day as a Public Health Educator. When I started my new job as a stay at home mom, I worked 14 hours a day as a housekeeper, chef, nanny, and teacher. After I completed that shift, I worked for 2 hours as a wife and the remaining 8 hours were allotted for me to pursue my own personal goals and sleep. I was always tired and exhausted. Being a stay at home mom is not as easy as people may think.

I quickly got stressed out with this type of schedule and had to reconfigure my day. Here are some things that I have done so that I can maintain my sanity.

1. I started doing the bulk of my writing during my son’s nap time or after he goes to bed at night.

2. I have a limit on my daily housekeeping chores. Having a spic and span house everyday is not required.

3. I have designated quality time that I spend with my husband on a regular basis.

4. I cook enough for dinner to have leftovers for the next day.

I still have some areas that I can time manage a little better, but this is a great start for me. How do you deal with demands on your time?

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  • Dan Mihaliak February 28, 2009, 11:10 PM

    Hi Tonya
    First of all I would like you to Thank your Husband for his service to our country and secondly Thank you because as they say a military spouse is the hardest job in the military. I am retired military myself and have two sons getting ready to be deployed overseas.Hang in there they grow up faster than you realize and when they are gone you will have far too much time on your hands.

  • 3L February 28, 2009, 9:56 AM

    I also thought I would be able to sleep and relax more when I decided to stay home full-time. I love it but it can be tiring. I delegate more now. We have a 17 year-old so I share household responsibilities with her and with my husband. Mainly I ask him to clean after himself. He doesn’t always do it, but when he does it saves me time and stress.

  • R V February 28, 2009, 2:37 AM

    You know what, why do most people fail to spend quality time with their families? Its because they don’t mange their time properly. It leads to frustration and ill tempered behaviour with your close ones

  • Stonefox February 28, 2009, 2:17 AM

    Hey! I can relate! I think flexibility is just an essential as a mom. BTW, my son’s name is Daniel too and I’ve finished the CWG course (2 years ago). We have a lot in common!

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