Stay-at-Home Parents

Parenting full-time is one of the most demanding and rewarding jobs there is. You'll share every moment with your child and help them every step of the way.

Talk to other stay at home parents and get advice on everything from activities for kids to daily routines to taking time for yourself.

Anonymous posted in Mental Health Tuesday

SAHM of 3 under 3, introvert, needs a break

I’m a SAHM with 5 month old twins and an almost 3 year old. I’m an introvert and need time alone to rejuvenate. I haven’t had time alone for so long yet I feel so alone in life. I used to have a career I worked really hard for, including 2 graduate degrees, and had an office where I worked on paperwork alone much of the day. I remember I used to feel lonely but now I miss that so much. I don’t ... More

  • T
    Tuesday

    2 under 2. They are 4 and 2.3 years now and I’m also a SAHM. There’s a couple of things you can do that might help. Join a gym that has childcare, so you can workout, shower, sleep in your car. lol Indoor playspaces where the kid/s can play and you can have tons of coffee and something to eat. Kid oriented cafes that have play area with childcare. Hire someone to watch the kids while y... More

  • Anonymous
    Tuesday

    Could you hire a sitter to take the kids somewhere out of the house so you could just blah around the house alone? Or have the sitter stay home and you go to a movie? I used to check my toddler into church kids bible club just so I could sit in a pew and not even listen to the pastor! I just wanted to be alone and zone out lol I’m not even pious... Sending strength and support your way... this ... More

I'm a recently separated single mom

I'm just hoping to find other people I can chat with to help me from going insane! My boyfriend and father of my son just left yesterday and it is so hard especially being a stay at home mom. Any advice or anything would really be helpful

  • Caitlin
    Thursday

    Hi there- no advice, I just wanted to say that’s got to be really hard and I hope you’re able to give yourself extra love and self-care right now. Sending internet stranger bear hugs your way.

  • Shaley
    Thursday

    Aww thank you! That really does help!

Anonymous posted in Mental Health Monday

Lonely SAHM 😢

So, I’ve been trying to connect with other moms in my area but it is harder than I thought 😥 normally I’m not one for a sappy day or tears but it’s been so hard having my husband states away and being home feeling like all I get to see are our kids and the walls of our home 😥. I am at a breaking point most of the time and I don’t think it’s fair to my babies that mommy wants to lay in bed most... More

  • Bailey
    Tuesday

    Same momma! I’m in Jax though.

  • Jordan
    Tuesday

    Hey girl I’m in Tampa 🙋🏻‍♀️and work in Apollo Beah

Mom Friend Problems

How do new moms make friends. Stay at home mom and i’m having difficulty meeting people

  • Dakota
    Feb 05

    It’s so difficult, especially in the cold

  • PK
    Feb 05

    There’s this app called peanut which is like a tinder for moms.

Anonymous posted in Child Care Jan 11

Transitioning from being a SAHM: toddlers at nursery

I’m nervous as my 2.3 year old will be staying at her daycare for 3 full days (9am- 6pm) as opposed to 5 mornings (9:30-12:30). Her sibling is due to join when he’s 1.3 years. She loves this daycare- started there 2 months ago- which is why I’m nervous about the change. Why the change? The change is simply because, after two years, I’m no longer able to hack being a SAHM. I really wanted to,... More

  • Elle
    Jan 11

    If I had the option to work for home, I would go insane. Without a challenging day at work, I'd feel unfulfilled and long for "more."

  • B
    Jan 11

    I’m home temporarily now while looking for work, and I hate it. I’m a better mom when I have something else in my life. And my daughter has grown leaps and bounds in daycare. They teach her so much more than I’d ever think to teach her.

Anonymous posted in Mental Health Jan 08

Tips on relaxation/handling stress?

Any tips or advice on how you all handle stress? I’m beyond stressed recently. I’m a stay at home mom and we are in a combined family household. We have two kids that fight over every little thing (they’re 9 and 5) we also have six dogs and 3 cats. Everyone else in the house works so I’m the only one at home to deal with all the cooking, cleaning, errands, appointments, and caring for the pets.... More

  • Jennifer
    Jan 10

    I hate when people say if you stay home with kids you don’t work!! I spent 8 years at home with my kids, I work PRN now so maybe 2 days a week outside of the home. And I can tell you some days I feel like I work more at home. Especially when your the only one doing the cleaning, cooking, caring for kids, laundry, appointments. I make my kids go to bed at 8:30 on school nights then I usually go ... More

  • Valerie
    Jan 12

    Instead of asking for time to yourself, (emphasis on asking), start announcing that you’re taking time for yourself. Give a little warning. “ After dinner, I’d like you to clean up, please. I’m taking a couple of hours to myself.” Start small. An hour or so to start, to get everyone used to the idea that you’re not Cinderella cooking and cleaning all day long.

Curriculum for 16 month old?

I have a 16 month old son. Do any of you SAHP follow a curriculum with you child around 18 months old? I want to make sure I’m teaching my son the things he needs to know and exposing him to a variety of things. I’m having difficulty coming up with a plan and figuring out all of what I should cover. If anyone has a curriculum they use or any ideas or recommendations on what activities to do wit... More

  • Geena
    Jan 07

    Just continue what you do. Reading every day helped us a lot learn his basics like numbers and colors and alphabets and animals etc so when we go outside to play i make sure to point out to him what we saw from books over and over again even if it’s the same thing til he’s able to respond back. They pick up fast. If we’re consistent with routine you’ll have them telling you stuff in time

  • Elle
    Jan 07

    A curriculum is a great idea! Weeklong themes are a great way to develop and build on new skills and concepts. Our day care does week-long curriculae. One example of a weeklong theme you can do is different types of dance, weather, things you can make out of rope

Stay-at-home jobs?!?

I’m a new mommie to two a boy and girl, 14 months apart. I am married and we bought our first home this year. I am trying the stay-at-home mom thing but it’s hard because my husband doesn’t really make enough. I’ve been looking for some at home jobs but haven’t really had any luck. We can’t afford childcare and I want to homeschool. If anybody has any tips for finding a job or making money from... More

  • Anonymous
    Jan 01

    If your going to homeschool maybe offer tutoring to other kids on The Weeknd’s or few days a week in the evening. You could make your own hours and rates

  • Christa
    Jan 01

    I am a stay at home mom as well, and I love that idea of tutoring and being able to make your own hours, and schedule! I used to tutor while I was in college for some side income and I don’t know why I never thought of that for a stay at home mom job!

Busy SAHP: what do you eat during the day???

I feel like I need quick things because baby is on the move, or his naps are short, but I don’t want the food to be unhealthy or boring! What are your go to meals during the day (for you!) when it’s just you and your kid(s)?

  • Pila
    Jan 01

    My go to food is something simple n yummy I like flour tortillas w an avocado spread n a pinch of salt rolled up like a burrito

  • molly
    Jan 01

    egg sandwich, green smoothies, frozen quinoa meals, soups made in large batches, omelette, pbj, fruit yogurt parfaits, chia seed pudding, lots of salad

Anonymous posted in Holidays Dec 20

Getting things done

Hi everyone!! I just need to vent real quick. I have a 9 year old and 16 month old. My 16 month old just started walking and it seems that now I can’t leave him alone with out him getting into anything. I’m a stay at home mom but between my son getting into things more, my daughters activities, my son not wanted to stay on his nap schedule, and me just getting over being sick I just can’t seem ... More

  • Anonymous
    Dec 20

    @Bailey That’s a good idea. I write I weekly list, that my family makes fun of, but I seem to never get everything done. Maybe a daily list would be better instead. Thanks!!

  • Jennifer
    Dec 20

    I agree with a schedule. Never do more than you can handle for that day. My daily schedule usually consists of basics; pick up, dishes, sweep (vacuum if you have carpet we don’t) and usually 1-2 loads of laundry. And I have one room a day I deep clean. So while the entire house gets cleaned I’m not stressing over if it doesn’t get deep cleaned every day. As to the kids kids getting into things ... More

Looking for any good stay at home jobs. I have a 3 year old and my other two kids are in school.

  • Kristin
    Dec 24

    I second that VIPKID is awesome I got hired and loved it, however the time slots are very competitive and found that it didn’t work with my schedule with my son and if you miss a class they will fire you after a couple times so you have to be careful. If you have the time though I would look into it!

New SAHM

I have recently decided to mostly stop working after Christmas and I am super nervous about it! I have been working almost 50 hours a week but I have realized that most of my money is going to childcare and fast food because I never have time to cook. What are routines that y’all stick to? How do you keep busy throughout the day? My daughter will be 3 next week. My son is in school during the day.

  • Kate
    Dec 10

    Christa, I think you’re my hero! Nice work with it all - I still have a ways to go. My reading for pleasure has plummeted, every button I sew seems to fall out, and I still love a good bowl of cereal for dinner. 🙂 I was in a similar situation as you ladies - worked long hours for a demanding career I wasn’t sure I wanted to put on hold. Took me a while to come around to the idea of staying at ... More

  • Christa
    Dec 10

    @Katlin, I seriously appreciate it, but we are all hero’s in our own way. Women are amazing creatures and can do a lot once we put our minds to it. My schedule revolves the way it does from marrying a military man- Coast Guard, and we have a 10 month old son (whose super independent - which I’ve taught him because we live that life style of military) So maybe my schedule isn’t the best to fo... More

Jobs for stay at home moms

Anyone know of any? I'm trying to get a job at daycares so my son has a place to go to, or an online job...

  • Dulce
    Dec 04

    I started working at a church nursery when my son was 9 months. He’s 4 now and still working there until he goes to school next year, I’m able to bring him with me every day I work there

  • Marina
    Dec 05

    Look at the momsproject website

Kiarra posted in Money Nov 29

At home jobs!

I’m a stay at home mom and I miss working so I was wondering if anyone knew of any stay at home jobs hiring?! Please and thank you in advance

  • Shelby
    Nov 30

    You could be a homebased travel agent and make 80% of your sales

Anonymous posted in Money Nov 28

Stay at home jobs for introverts.

Hi All! Can anyone reccomend some stay at home jobs that doesn't involve sales or customer service? Thanks in advance.

  • Leah
    Nov 28

    Medical Coding. You need to go to school for it though.

  • Veronica
    Nov 29

    Fill out survey. Not sure about how effective or pay it is.

Breanna posted in DIY Nov 27

Any SAHM Entrepreneurs here?

Hello all! I’m a SAHM with a 2yo and a 5mo. I’m looking to start a small from home craft business and if you have pointers, tips, and/or tricks, please feel free to share!

  • Kayla
    Nov 29

    I recently posted a "elf for hire" flyer saying I would wrap presents for busy people that don't have time...just an idea, so far it's going decent, I'm sure it will pick up more closer to Christmas

Anonymous posted in Holidays Nov 26

Stay at Home Parents and Christmas

This is my first Christmas as a stay at home mom...how did you stay at home parents cope with not having money to buy your partner or your side of the family Christmas gifts? I just want to cry. I feel so horrible. My family completely understand but it just hurts my heart so bad, I love being able to give during the holidays.

  • Anonymous
    Nov 27

    My side of the family is huge compared to his. He’s mentioned he wants to buy everyone on my side a gift but we realistically can not afford it. His side is just his mom, sister, and nephew. I don’t like asking for money because it’s tight and my side is pretty well off compared to his. We don’t keep money separate. He keeps it all and Venmo’s me money when I need it for bills and things like t... More

  • Anonymous
    Nov 27

    I know it feels like his money because he's the one out at work, but he's making that money at your expense. If you weren't staying at home he would likely have to work less to be with them or pay a baby sitter. You shouldn't be left with nothing because of that. Have you tried talking to him about this? Just explaining that you don't know what to do for your side of the fam... More

Anonymous posted in Stay-at-Home Moms Nov 24

Quit job to stay at home

When I had my baby I went back to work full time and just hated it. Felt sad every day and in the end asked to go part time which was better. However as time went by I was made to feel useless at work, I had peers treat me differently because I had a baby and was doing part time and slowly I found tasks being taken away from me from my supervisors and I felt bored and unmotivated. The only thin... More

  • Raji
    Dec 12

    You can always find new part time work as your husband works from home a lot.

  • Bernardette
    Dec 13

    Where are you in California? I have joined a couple local mom groups on Facebook and they've led to a lot of IRL meet ups and friendships. I'd suggest looking online and at local community points like child development classes at your local community college or community center to connect with other moms.

I feel lame.

I'm 21 years old, I have a 10 month old. I only work the weekends, which is when my sister or mom can watch my daughter. I feel like I'm failing at life. My husband is deployed, so we never got a home of our own; because when he left our little girl was maybe 3 months old and I didnt want to be alone. Which is why we didnt get our own place. So I'm still living with my mom. I do e... More

  • Lulu
    Nov 23

    You are not a failure. Being alone to raise a little one is hard. I'm glad you have a support system. I've heard so many stories of military married women who feel like single parents. Being a new mom is already rough enough; being a military wife is super hard. You are doing a great job! Try not to be so hard on yourself. You made a great decision!

  • Lily
    Nov 24

    I am almost right there with you! I am almost 21 with a 15 month old and number 2 on the way. I am so sorry your husband is deployed, that must be so hard. I am a online student, and work as a nanny. When I went back to school it brought back something in my life I didn’t know I was missing. So I would say definitely go back to school and if you can do most of it online, it is best for us mommi... More

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