It’s officially back-to-school season! The two months that you spent with your children non-stop making seemingly endless meals have come to an end. I’m not saying that you didn’t enjoy being with your children but let’s be real, there were times you couldn’t wait for them to go back so that you could get a moment to yourself. You’re human and it’s normal to feel that way. It doesn’t make you a bad mom, I promise. That said, I’m going to compile a list of things stay home moms can do after morning drop-off.
Go Out And Treat Yourself
When was the last time you purchased something for yourself? No, I’m not talking about personal items. I’m talking about treating yourself to something that you’ve wanted for a long while or purchased on a whim. Take the time to enjoy the peacefulness of a department browsing aisle by aisle. Go on, treat yourself. You deserve it! I personally love to go to the store right after drop-off as the stores are mostly empty and quiet. Even if I don’t buy something treating myself to a few hours of wandering the mall always lifts my spirit.
Meet up with friends
During the summer it can be hard to meet up with friends due to the difference in summer schedules but once school is back in session it can be easier for moms to meet up. Coordinate your schedules and after drop-off meet up for a meal and conversation. Connecting and catching up with friends without children around means you can have adult conversations and be as carefree as you want to be. Make it a standing weekly or monthly gathering as it’s important to maintain and nurture relationships with our girls.
Keep your mind and body active with daily body movement. Keep your mind sharp and your body healthy with a minimum of 20 minutes of movement a day. This is not a one size fits all routine as everyone’s body is different and requires different needs. The benefits of active body movement are a stronger body, improved sleep quality, decreased stress with the release of endorphins, and eases joint pain and stiffness.
*Health tip: Check with your physician before you begin any workout routine.
Take A Nap
This is actually one of the most consistent things I do. Waking up early to get the kids ready for school morning after morning can take its toll on you, especially if you don’t have good sleeping habits. Taking a nap before pick-up will give you that much-needed boost of energy to get through the rest of the day. Just remember to set your alarm so you don’t oversleep.
Take An Online Class
You’re never too old to return to school or learn a new trade. There is no law that says if you’re over a certain age you can’t be in school. That’s hogwash. There is no better time to get or complete your degree or certifications than during your child’s school hours. The quietness of the house will allow you to focus on your course and get it completed before the kids get home from school. With coursework being online you can tailor your school schedule to your home schedule allowing you to dedicate certain days to your education and doing things around the house.
Start A Small Business
Not everyone is built for the daily 9 to 5 grind with micromanaging boss hovering over their shoulder every five minutes. Some people are meant to work for themselves. Access your skillsets and look into how you can turn that into a profitable business. If you’re a blogger/influencer who knows the ins and outs of the business you can consult and help other bloggers/influencers hit their goals. If you have corporate talents such as project managing, marketing, or information technology you can utilize your experience to independently aid local businesses.
Start A Blog
Speaking of blogging and content creating, you can create a little pocket on the web by creating your own blog or social media channel. The beauty of blogging is it allows you to talk about whatever topic you want and it works around your schedule. You talk about your family, yourself, or a topic that interests you as little or as much as you like whenever you like.
Binge Watch A Series Or Watch A Movie
Ahh, yes the pleasure of watching a movie that isn’t the same cartoon your child has made you watch for the thousandth time in a row. Catch a matinee or stay home and watch on demand. We all have that one movie or series that everyone has seen except for you, with the kids in school now is the time to peacefully press play.
Read A Book
Just like television shows and movies, we all have that one or hundredth book on our shelf that we purchased but haven’t read yet. With the kids in school, you can blow the dust off your to-read list and get a few chapters in. If you’ve read all the books on your shelf (you haven’t) take a ride over to the local bookstore and discover a new author or two, or three. Treating yourself to books is always a good thing.
If your partner if you and your partner are fortunate to be home together, take advantage of having the house to yourselves by partaking in a little afternoon delight between meetings.
Go Out With Your Partner
Getting out in the evenings can be hard if there is no sitter available which makes day dates a great alternative. Go out to lunch or take a stroll around your neighborhood. Sure you could chill in the house together you always do that. Getting out to connect with one another and talking about things that are important to the both of you that are not related to the kids and house help keeps a relationship strong and the excitement alive.
Get A Part-Time Job
Being home all day can be boring and at times feel unfulfilling, especially if you once had a career. Keep your skills sharp and your experience current by getting a part-time job. For a few hours out of the week, you will connect with other adults outside of your personal relationships and earn a little money. In these times, it’s hard for families living on one salary. The second income will be a welcomed addition and takes some of the financial weight off your partner. Make sure to be firm about what times and days you can and cannot work.
Volunteer Your Time
If returning to the office isn’t in the cards then consider volunteering. You can work on fulfilling projects that are close to your heart at your leisure. You can volunteer at your child’s school to help execute events and chaperone events. As an alternative, choose a charity, shelter, or join your block association as a way to give back to your community.
Deep Clean And Organize Your Home
Trying to deep clean and organize your home can be a difficult task when you have kids around. You pull things out and get too tired to finish because you’ve gotten caught up with them. Ask me how I know. But once they’re back in school you can pretty much do whatever you want with no interruptions. Rearrange a room, clean off your office desk and declutter the drawers, mop the floors without worry of seeing little footprints before it dries, etc. whatever big house project you’ve been meaning to get to, with school back in session now is the time to check it off your to-do list.
Learn A New Language
You don’t need to be taking an international trip to learn a new language. People learn new languages to help them move up the corporate ladder, improve one’s memory, integrate themselves into a new community, and for pure fun. There are a number of popular second languages to choose from like Chinese, Spanish, French, Arabic, Italian, German, and more!
Bask In The Silence
Do you hear that? Yeah, it’s the sound of silence. Enjoy every moment of it.
As you can see there is a long list of things stay home moms can do once the kiddies head back to the classroom. Which one are you planning to do first?