If you are going to follow a Stay At Home Mom Schedule then you need to make sure it is specific to your needs. A schedule for a Mom with one baby is not going to be at all similar to a schedule for a Mom with two toddlers. Here is the method for developing your own schedule.
First, determine the tasks for the day. By tasks, I mean all the activities that happen during the daylight hours. You’ll need to start by determining all the daily activities that should be included in your Stay At Home Mom Schedule.
Meals take priority so this is a good place to start your analysis of daily activities for a stay at home mom schedule. How many meals does your child/children need. If your toddler is up at 5.30am then he or she will probably need a substantial morning tea. If your toddler rises at 9am you will probably just move from breakfast on to lunch as the next meal. Of course if you still have a young baby, the feeding schedule will probably dominate your entire day, especially if you are breast feeding. You can still establish a schedule for either just yourself or for yourself and your toddler/s but the baby is always going to get priority over anyone’s best planned Stay At Home Mom schedule.
The duration of meals times can vary greatly depending on how many children you have and their ages. Once you get to the stage of building your detailed Stay At Home Mom Schedule you’ll need to take into account time periods for each task. From personal experience I think you have to allow a minimum of an hour for each meal time if you have more than one child. Remember it is not just the feeding/eating time but the preparation time at the beginning (including interruptions like an urgent diaper change) and the clean-up time at the end of the meal (depending on the food, this may necessitate a washing of hands, arms, legs, face and hair!).
The next analysis you need to undertake for your Stay At Home Mom Schedule is sleep requirements. No, not yours, unfortunately! What are your children’s daytime sleep requirements? One mid-morning sleep? One afternoon nap? Two daytime sleeps? If you have a baby and a toddler I suggest you implement a “quiet time” for your toddler when the baby is sleeping. Quiet time can mean lying down on something comfortable on the floor for a rest or simply doing quiet activities like looking at books or listening to music or watching a DVD on low volume. I even know one Stay At Home Mom who puts her 2 1/2 year old on the computer to play “learning games” as part of his quiet time. Personally I don’t think my toddler would be capable of keeping my computer in working order so I haven’t tried it myself.
Next, choose an activity for each day. You need to have activities ready so you’re not having to re-invent the wheel every day. Have a number of craft activities you can rotate through for your toddler. Examples include: pasting/collages, finger painting, play dough. You may only want to build craft activities into your Stay At Home Mom schedule 2 or 3 times a week. On the other days you can just play favorite games.
Do you have favorite games with your child/children? You can incorporate these into your Stay At Home Mom Schedule. Your toddler may be obsessed with hide-and-seek. Similarly, your baby may love peek-a-boo games. Toddlers, also love things on wheels, boys usually love to ride around on an infant bike or car and girls often love to push a doll stroller everywhere. I have, of course, generalized so I should mention that I’ve certainly seen many little girls who prefer a car and many little boys who prefer to push a stroller. Don’t make the mistake of limiting your child to stereotypical toys. By introducing a ride-on car to a girl you may acquire an extra free hour per day to do things around the house while your little girl zooms from room to room playing independently.
If you have a deck or long veranda, toys with wheels can entertain for hours. The advantage to you is that you can add “play on the deck” to your Stay At Home Mom schedule and actually get to sit down for a few minutes, possibly even stopping long enough to drink a cup of coffee.
Remember to use play groups or baby groups as part of your activities each week. Build these activities into your Stay At Home Mom schedule on the days they apply. Similarly you can include swimming lessons, dance classes, toddler music classes, kids’ gym, library story time or any other classes you attend in your local community. Personally I think just one or two playgroups per week is enough if you are busy with other regular activities so don’t think you need to spend a lot of money attending every class available for your child.
Some mothers go overboard on classes for toddlers but I’ve seen children attending swimming classes at 5 months of age and the same children are attending the same classes at 2 1/2 years of age without having learnt how to swim or even float during that 2 year period. I definitely recommend getting your child taught to swim because it is desirable for safety reasons but I don’t think you need to be obsessed about classes from a very young age. If you can afford it and you have the inclination to enrol in these types of activities, go for it, if you are hesitant for some reason then don’t panic.
In addition to the children’s activities you’ll need to identify your own daily tasks. Washing, cleaning, baking, walking the dog, tending your vegetable patch, reading emails, changing bed and cot sheets, washing and preparing baby bottles, sometimes you even need to schedule how to get a shower each day.
Now that you’ve identified all your daily tasks you’re ready to put together your detailed Stay At Home Mom Schedule. For more details see the separate information on this website: Stay At Home Daily Schedule.