Do you ever feel that your SAHM (stay at home mom) life lacks some luster?
A stay-at-home mom can easily feel stuck doing the same thing day in and day out, your creativity levels seem low, and when you have little kids and are limited in your ventures, you can start to feel like your abilities and options are zero to none.
That’s not true, but our vocation is a simple seeming one and generally we don’t have a boss or any competition breathing down our backs to get moving with new projects or checking in on how our progress is, etc. (Sure, now and then we’ve got a spouse who may insert a thought or two. That’s good, btw.)
You have to learn how to be content in your field and simultaneously push yourself in ways to stay purposeful and excited about your “stay at homeliness” .
In case you didn’t already guess I’d feel this way>> I think that if you’ve chosen to stay at home to raise those little kiddos….you’re doing AWESOME!
Think of a couple of reasons why you stay home and do what you do
1. I’m a Mother-Definition: To bring up a child with care and affection
2. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity-I’m taking those first 18 years and, yes, maximizing on the opportunity.
3. “Hear, my son, your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching” (Proverbs 1:8)
Hey, Solomon is telling that kiddo to pay heed to their mama, I better be there giving them something to learn about.
4. I seriously love being with my kiddos. Not because I or they are perfect, but this role of motherhood is something I cherish and am grateful for.
Anyways, the list could go on, but we’re just making a quick point that we love our job for multiple reasons, so now we can get on to how we can add some color to it this week.
Think of one or two things to incorporate into your home life that isn’t there, currently.
Here are a few that pop up into my mind:
1. Be creative and try a new DIY. No, not just pin it, DO it. In case you didn’t ever see my attempt at a DIY, take a look here: Checkerboard Table
2. Teach your kids something aside from the regular routine. Depending on the ages of your kids the options will vary, but any age child can learn something new. This past week I picked something quite simple and decided to teach 4 of my kids how to iron. It took about an hour for me to stay focused on the safety and basic guidelines of ironing. A couple of them really took off with it and have continued to work on it this week.
3. Pick an area in your house to organize. This week I chose a master bedroom closet.( P.S. Throw out a
few lot of things.)
4. Work outside in the yard; weed, organize stuff, etc. Okay, you northern folks don’t have that option. Sorry.
5. Try out a new recipe. This week I made ghee and some healthy energy bars. They were awesome.
6. Put some fitness into your routine. If you’re like me, a membership at a gym and going multiple times a week is NOT conducive to my current schedule/lifestyle, so I find ways that I can make it happen without having to leave. There are all sorts of options, and though I don’t always stay perfectly consistent, the times that I do it really helps boost my emotions and give me a sense of motivation in other areas as well.
One thing I love about our SAHM vocation is that each and every one of us have distinct and individual experiences and circumstances. Your days will look different than mine. Our projects and interests will vary. I hope we all remember not to look at someone else’s scenario and feel we should copy them. Be inspired by one another, but be YOU.
It’s healthy to stretch ourselves and get out of our comfort zone, but not for the sake of living up to someone else’s expectation. Personal growth, purpose, and taking action on training our kids are healthy reasons for doing new things.
This week I hope that you can take a fresh look at your awesome vocation and have fun with it!
Is there something you’ve taken on recently that may inspire some of us here? Or maybe you’ve been mulling around an idea in your head. What is it? Don’t hoard your thoughts, share them!
Here’s to getting out of our pajamas,