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After having two kids in daycare for a year, we decided that it just wasn’t an expense we wanted to continue paying. It is taking a lot of budgeting and penny-pinching, but it’s totally worth it. I’ve always wanted to home-school anyway.
But wait. I’m not only being mom, I’m also working at home. I’ve had a pretty well running Etsy shop for the past year and a half. I’m continuing it to help cover some of our expenses and debt repayment.
Both of these things make for a very long day.
Alright, enough babbling – here is our daily routine.
- I wake up around 6 and spend some time journaling/planning the day. I also try to squeeze in some work time by responding to emails or doing some quick tasks. Finally, I take a shower.
- kids are up and hubby is heading out the door.
- breakfast & breakfast clean-up
- quick activity at the table (coloring or reading a book)
- get dressed (mostly the kids since I took care of that earlier)
- activity time (once a week we go to the library for toddler time) activities include a quick daily lesson, hands-on activity, and them time exploring outside
- lunch & lunch clean-up
- nap <insert praising hands emoji> during this time I get a bit more work done. I only focus on one task each day. I work in batches so that if I don’t get the work done during a specific block of time, I know exactly where to pick up when I am able to.
- snack & story time (once a week, I wake the kids up a bit early to make it to lapsit at the library)
- activity time again – this is another short lesson and then a hands-on activity
- daily chore (I try to get the kids involved here by cleaning up in one room of the house)
- tech time (kids can watch a quick show and I spend time responding to any emails from the day)
- dinner prep & late snack
Hubby usually arrives home by the dinner prep and the kids are all over him. I usually get a break and go hide in the bathroom for a lot longer than necessary. You too?
I’ve learned that consistency and routine really help. It was almost impossible to get both kids down for a nap at the same time, until I remembered our two year old’s schedule at daycare. It’s very similar to this. The key is having some outside/play time before lunch. Kiddos eat and then go right into a nap. We’re working on getting them to go to sleep without us needing to be in the room, but for now it works.
How are you managing it as a stay-at-home/work-at-home-mom? Any tips you’d like to share?