Life tends to change after you have children. Once you have given birth you are faced with the question of whether you will stay at home or work. This decision is an easy one for some but an agonizing one for others.I have personally experienced both worlds. Currently I am a work from home mom. This has its own challenges, to be discussed at a later time. If you are making the transition from work to home then these tips should help your transition go a little smoother.
Get Out of the House
Please do not be fooled into thinking your days as a working mom will look anything like your days as a stay at home mom (SAHM). They do not compare. If your children are not school age then they will be spending their 12 hour days with you. Yes, that is a long day but going outside can make the time fly by. If the backyard is not an option, then your first mission is to find a park nearby. Trips to the park, get you out of the house and off the couch. Your children can burn off some of their energy and you can burn off a few calories if you choose. Trips to the park can be used as an incentive for good behavior also.
One of my favorite places to go is the library. This should be a regular stop for you and your children during the week. Most libraries have a weekly program that your children can take part in. It’s important to instill the joy of reading at a young age. After an hour or so of learning at the library, you can take them out to eat as an incentive afterwards.
My children enjoy having reading contest at home. Whoever reaches the set goal is rewarded at the end with an inexpensive gift. If you have children that are not yet reading, they are still able to participate. Whenever someone reads a book to them, they get a point and the reader gets a point also. It is important to remember that each child should read books on their reading level. You may even consider extra points if they choose to challenge themselves and read a book above their reading level. Check out this website to figure out your child’s reading level: http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/articles/060899.htm
Videos & Computers
Some experts might say that we allow our children to spend too much time in front of the television. Personally I think we should always consider how to incorporate technology into learning. Regardless of whether or not you are officially a homeschooling parent or just a stay at home parent until your children can go to school, you become their teacher because children are always learning. There are many videos and television shows that can teach your child basic preschool skills. Give them set TV/Video time and once that time is over it’s over. This too can be utilized as an incentive for good behavior. The earlier you can teach your children how to properly use a computer the better. There is nothing wrong with guided computer time. There are many fun learning sites for kids. Here are a few you may want to check out:
Organized Fun for all
Just remember that one day your little ones will grow up to be productive citizens. Choosing to be a stay at home parent does not have to be the worst decision you ever made. Remember that children need order. So order your day. Get them on a schedule or into a routine that you and your children will both enjoy. Consider the things you like to do and do them with your children. Even though you are not working, don’t let that stop you from making life work for you. Make the most of every moment at home with your children.