If you are a mom, creating a SAHM daily schedule is an essential key to conquer your day-to-day life. It will keep you organized, at the same time, give you direction on how to do things on a daily basis.
In a data published by the new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau, it says that in 2016, more than 11 million U.S. parents (pertains to both moms and dads) were working from home. This data basically means that a lot of parents are shirting to staying at home – some are working, while others focus on raising their children.
Whatever the case may be. One thing’s for sure, it is not easy to be a stay at home mom. It will never will. All the more if you are raising a tiny human being, at the same time working to help pay the bills. However, no matter how challenging this may look like, one thing’s for sure – it is doable.
Being a stay at home mom may be quite hard in the beginning – just like anything new – but once you have already mastered it, it is going to be fine. Coming up with a stay at home mom daily routine guide would greatly help. As we mentioned earlier, it will help you stay organized, and also, it will be great so you can adapt to your “new life” faster.
With that said, we are going to share with your stay at home mom daily schedule template, which you can either use or make it as an inspiration in creating your own. But first, let’s get to know the two types of stay at home mom.
WHAT THE TWO CLASSIFICATIONS ARE OF STAY AT HOME MOMS?
Whenever people hear stay at home moms or commonly known as SAHM, the most common perception is that she is a mother who chose to stay at home to take care of her child or children rather than have someone else take care of them. She is a mom, who chose to leave her job to focus on taking care of the baby and the household.
While there is truth to this, what people do not know is – there are actually two types of stay at home moms: the stay at home mom who’s focused on raising her kid, and the stay at home mom who is at the same time working from home.
Now, let’s define them.
The first type of SAHM, as we have said, is the one who focuses on taking care of her children and the home – what the typical SAHM is. This SAHM daily schedule revolves around taking care of her children, making sure all is well with them, as well as managing the house, ensuring that all household chores are done and that it’s well-organized.
The second type of SAHM is the one who, apart from taking care of her kids, she is also working at home to help pay the bills. This SAHM daily schedule is typically divided into taking care of her children and the household and working.
Between the two types of stay at home moms, the latter is the most common especially in this day and age when work from home jobs is all around, and the living expenses are growing.
WHY CHOOSE TO BE A STAY AT HOME MOM?
While some stay at home moms opted to be one because they want to, others are left with no other choice.
On the one hand, some women chose to stay at home because they want to see their kids as they grow. Fortunately, they can afford to just be home and let their husbands do the work and earn. Meanwhile, other women are trapped by circumstances. The most common reason is that they could not find a nanny, a babysitter or a family member who can look after their little one
On the other hand, there are women who opted to stay at home to be able to see their baby’s every milestone, or also because no one else will take care of them, at the same time, they work to make both ends meet. Thanks to work from home opportunities they get to hit two birds with one stone.
Let’s face it, while both circumstances can be worth it at the end worth it, being a SAHM at the same time working, could be quite more challenging because it means you need to work double-time – to ensure you get to do your tasks in a day both as a mom and as a worker.
Most of the time, SAHM who are working also are more emotionally and physically challenged. No wonder why a lot of moms in this situation often get lonely or feel bad or worse, depressed. They are the ones who get really exhausted when the day ends.
But exhaustion can be prevented with the right SAHM daily schedule. If you got a stay at home mom’s daily schedule, you get to spare yourself from thinking what to do next or so because all you have to do is check what you are supposed to do on a particular day.
WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES OF A STAY AT HOME MOM?
Stay-at-home moms face a lot of challenges – especially new SAHM. Challenges are normal. The thing is, you got to win whatever it is and not let it affect you.
With that said, we came up with a 3-point generic list and inputted some pieces of advice on how to conquer each of these challenges.
SAHM encounters a lot of emotional or psychological challenges. There’s depression, loneliness, frustrations, and disappointments. While most people blame it for hormonal changed, what they do not know is that there are a lot more reasons behind why mommies encounter these emotional or psychological struggles.
Let’s go through each of these major emotional challenges to have a better understanding and what needs to be done to help you cope.
Depression. Normally triggered by the changes we face. Changes that are too much for us to handle or that they’re completely new to us that we do not know how to properly cope. Also, other things that trigger depression are having no one to talk to about how you honestly feel, being judged by others, as well as getting jealous with other women who you think are in better circumstances. Whether it be post-partum depression or purely depression, you have to address it. If you are unsure if you are already depressed, you can have yourself checked by a professional. That way, your condition will be addressed accordingly. Initially, you can do self-assessment by taking depression tests online.
Loneliness. Being a stay-at-home mom means being alone with your child or children. No co-adult to talk to. No one to share lunch with but those tiny human/s. Apart from that, sometimes SAHM feels misunderstood and alone in the battle. As if they have no one to hang on to or share it with.
Frustrations and Disappointments. These two usually come up when you expect so much from someone or from yourself and did not meet it. Sometimes, for new moms especially, it’s not being able to handle your child’s tantrums or not being able to stop your baby from crying or not being able to be the perfect mom you perceived yourself to be. Another reason why some moms go through these emotional struggles is that they compare themselves or their lives in general to other moms – which is wrong because every mom like every child is different.
To win over these emotions, it is important that you have someone or a way to manage or to release it to. Another way to cope is by having a SAHM daily schedule. It helps keep you busy and you know, that feeling knowing you have tasks to fulfill or yeah, a schedule to follow. It keeps you going and focused.
Being a SAHM is no doubt, physically challenging. It requires extraordinary strength. That strength that only moms have. Especially for new moms, the physical challenges of being a SAHM can get really overwhelming.
Burnout and sometimes breakdowns are normal. That is why it is advisable that when you start feeling the exhaustion or tired, you should pause and breathe. Take a break – go to the salon, eat at your favorite restaurant, meet with friends, do whatever makes you happy even for just a few hours.
Also, having a SAHM daily schedule also helps to keep you physically intact. Include some break time or rest in our daily schedule. Your body (and yourself!) will thank you for that.
Time is also a challenge – in fact, probably the most challenged of all. You have 24 hours in a day yet, when you are a SAHM, it feels like you do not have enough time to get everything done.
Most of the time, SAHM feels like time is always running fast. Moms wake up early in the morning, and the next thing they know, the day is already ending.
With that said, we highly recommend having a SAHM daily schedule. By making a daily schedule, you keep track of the time, and also it helps you get things done. Of course, the schedule has to be flexible because every day is unique especially for children from 0-2 years old.
HOW TO CREATE A SAHM DAILY SCHEDULE?
Now that you already know the challenges faced by a SAHM, it’s time to know how to create a SAHM daily schedule. This greatly helps you keep your sanity, and of course, in keeping your day organized.
We are going to share with you a pre-made SAHM daily schedule to inspire you in making your own. But of course, if you feel like using it for your own, go ahead. You are more than welcome to use it. Also, you can tweak it to make it more suitable to your lifestyle. After all, we are all different and we live different lives.
6:00 – At an average, moms wake up around this time. You can use this time to tidy up the bed. Meaning, folding the sheets and putting everything else back to order. By putting an order on your bed, it’s like setting the tone for the day. So the moment you open your eyes and greet the morning sun, you fix everything in the bed. The story, however, is different if you co-sleep with your child. At this time he or she is most likely peacefully sleep still. If that is the case, you fix whatever you can and do everything else once your baby wakes up.
6:15 – Use this time to cook breakfast. For sure, your husband is going to have a long day just like you, so, better start the day right by fueling the body with deliciously made breakfast. Having a good breakfast also helps set the tone the day, and definitely affects your productivity for the whole day. Imagine working the day ahead in an empty stomach – not a good idea at all right?
6:30 – Eat breakfast with your husband. Around this time, your baby is most likely sleeping still. Use this time to bond with your husband. Use it as a moment for both of you to talk about each other’s plans for the day or your upcoming summer vacation – anything and everything. Savor this moment to sip your hot coffee or tea and eating your deliciously cooked meal with the man you love. Isn’t it sweet? Okay! Too much sugar in here. But seriously, moments like this helps make SAHM’s keep their sanity.
6:45 – Clean off, load the dirty plates on the dishwasher and unload once done. Ops! Before you even make a comment, yes, dishwasher! I think a dishwasher is every SAHM’s best friend. It helps make dishwashing so much easier than you can make use of the time for something else instead of you doing it yourself. We highly recommend you invest in a really good dishwasher. After all, you don’t want your husband to come up to your dirty plates since breakfast, right? Also, a clean home keeps SAHM less stressed.
7:00 – Take a bath, get dressed, and brush of your teeth – yes, do your personal morning rituals. Do the basics. These help a lot in making you feel good all throughout the day. Remember, what makes the day starts in the morning. So, always strive to start the day right, and the rest of the day will be alright. Also, take this time as your “me” time or quiet time. Enjoy it while your baby is still dreaming. By the way, what we mean by getting dressed is, literally, get dressed. Wear your pajamas at night – not the whole day. A little tip, if you are a working SAHM, we suggest you dressed in a comfy office dress so it feels like you are literally working.
7:30 – The baby wakes up, feed him or her, change his clothes, etc. – prepare your baby for the day ahead. Done with your couple moment, this time, it is mommy and baby moment. They say, train a child as soon as you can – the earlier, the better. The way you train a child starts by creating a routine. Children or babies, in general, are smart. They will notice the routine and you will be surprised, once they are used to it, they will just follow doing the same things every day.
8:00 onwards – Once you are done with your mommy-baby moment, if you are a working SAHM, you may use this time to start working for the day. Yes mom, we highly suggest you start your work as early as possible so you have enough time, and will avoid cramming. You do not know how many times your baby will feed today (unless your baby is on formula milk) or the times your kid will throw tantrums. So, better have extra time for the rest of the day to accommodate such inconsistencies. If you are not working for a living, this means starting your laundry or doing other household chores.
12:00 – Time to take a break and prepare for lunch. While you must have eaten snacks in between, never forget to eat the major meals of the day. This will not only help you keep healthy, but it does keep your energy for the physical and psychological demands of being a SAHM.
12:30 – Eat lunch. Again, never ever deprive yourself of eating major meals of the day. The secret to a successful day is making sure your stomach is never empty. Otherwise, it will affect you psychologically, and of course, physically. You need a lot of energy to keep up being a SAHM so always eat your meals.
1:00 – Use this time for another mommy-baby bonding. Play with your baby. As a SAHM, your top priority is always your child. Never forget that. While you can work, make it a point that you do not forget the very reason why you are a SAHM. That is because you are a mom. So, take a short break from work and play with your baby.
1:30 – Time to feed your baby and put him for his or her afternoon nap. After playtime with mommy, your baby is probably up for his or her afternoon nap. Time to feed him to sleep, mommy.
2:00 onwards – Time to go back to work. Now that your baby is asleep, it’s time to go back working or if you are not literally working for a job, it’s time for your household chores routine. You can use this time to clean your pans – the ones you used for cooking, sweep the floor, change bedsheets, etc. Once done and the baby is still soundly sleeping, use the remaining time to rest. Yes, mommies need rest too. So, go ahead, sleep beside your little darling.
Know more about creating your own SAHM daily schedule by checking out this video from Jady A.:
ADDITIONAL INPUT: THE POWER OF CREATING A HABIT
As we said earlier, being a SAHM can get overwhelming especially if you are new to it. That is why it is important that you create a SAHM daily schedule. Having a SAHM daily schedule helps you create a culture of habit or routine. Like in everything else in life, if you follow a certain routine, that means putting an order on things. Once there is order, you just tick off your to-do for every hour or moment, and you will just realize, you are done for the day.
Creating a habit or routine helps a lot to keep SAHMs keep their sanity. It helps them become even more productive for each passing day. Eventually, when you are used to it, you will not notice how everything gets done perfectly – well, almost.