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.

Exhausted SAHM

I’m not knocking the newborn stage because it IS exhausting - but MAN - my toddler is walking and I’ve never been more tired. We keep busy all day longggg and it’s go-go-go. How do you stay energized?

  • Cambric
    Thursday

    I have the same problem! My toddler is such a busy bee and also fighting nap time lately... I try to go to bed earlier, nap when she does, and play outside where she can run a lot and tire out!

  • Deleeshia
    Thursday

    Lol you find games you can play with them where you sit and they run around lol

Anonymous posted in DIY Sunday

SAHM suggestions on Etsy shop?

I’m recently a stay at home mom looking to scrap together any money I can, I’m very crafty but lost my imagination years ago so looking to anyone out there with suggestions on what they’d buy? I’d like to make binky/pacifier clips I’m also a pretty good artist and thought of doing monogrammed nursery pantings/illustrations of animals but I just feel like people don’t buy art really much and ..... More

  • Ithza
    Sunday

    Everything you listed sounds awesome to me! People seem to go nuts for onesies specifically milestones and bday tops. But you seem to have a good selection of things to make! Hope you make a ton of money!!

Online college while being a stay at home mom to many

Any of you moms are taking any online college courses while being a mommy to more than one child? I have 4 children (5,6,2,1) all boys. I am contemplating returning to college and need some advice on how to manage school and small children. Afraid I won’t be able to do both but I wanna really try... any advice will be greatly appreciated

  • Katelyn
    Monday

    If you have family near by to come watch the kids even for a couple hours, or hire someone to come to your house while you study, bring the kids to a public library while you study, slam in a lot of the work on weekends... Just a few I've been looking into (I'm in a similar boat but with just a one year old). Also seeing if there are other moms in your area with a similar situation and ... More

  • Mal
    Monday

    Push yourself to try! You deserve to do something for yourself. Maybe try with one or two courses tops. Depending on the work load. This way you can test it out and see how you could fit it in. Good luck !!!!

Anonymous posted in Stay-at-Home Moms Aug 05

So I chose to be a FTM as I truly believe in the importance of being present for my babies until they are at school. I do my best, though I’m now having to admit to myself that I am just not a talented Home Maker. I’m not organised, so I often don’t get laundry done on time, or I don’t get to properly brush my toddler’s big hair, or my infant’s bedtime routine has to suffer as I struggle to get... More

  • Melissa
    Aug 06

    I found that watching cleaning motivational videos on YouTube helped me. Other mamas give tips and tricks that help them, and it helps me.

  • Catharine
    Aug 08

    You are doing a wonderful job! I don’t think many moms have it all together all the time. A whiteboard has helped me a lot. It does take time and effort to update it, but I’m thankful later on when I do. One list on the board is of what dinner options are available in the house, so I don’t stare into the fridge at 4 pm wondering what to make for dinner. Another list is an ongoing grocery l... More

Anonymous posted in Parent's Health Aug 02

SAHM sick with 5 month old. What do I do??

Ok, so I'm pretty darn sick right now. I dont know what it is...but it sucks. Nausea, aches, headache, dizziness, exhaustion. All of our family lives in Florida pretty much. We dont have any friends that can really help out. What do I do with the baby? She not exactly mobile yet and she is pretty demanding. I just cant keep up. Daddy works 12 hour days and it's a newish job so he cant ... More

  • Jennifer
    Aug 06

    Just wanted to say I hope you are feeling better. 😊

  • Anonymous
    Aug 07

    Thank you Jennifer! Finally felt back to normal Monday!!!

Nicole posted in Money Jul 16

Part-time, Full-time or SAHM?

If you had the option, which would you choose? It’s nice to have my own money, but daycare is SO expensive and I don’t want to miss out on this precious time when he’s so young..

  • Kobena
    Jul 29

    @Brandee D We are considering moving back to Vegas from Maryland. Do you miss anything from MD to Vegas.? Your opinion on raising kids in Vegas?

  • Jazelise
    Aug 07

    I’ve been a stay at home mom for 7 years and now going through a divorce, I wish I’d stayed working part time. I have no skills currently or a cert./degree so any job available to me now isn’t ideal.

SAHP how often do you leave the house?

I’m at home by myself basically all day everyday with my 5 1/2 month old and as much as I would like to get out I never do. Between the heat and him hating the car and crying and sweating like crazy (in the process of getting a 4-1 car seat) I just don’t feel like it’s worth it. Should I be taking him out more? The only place I go is to the store for groceries. I have no family down here so I ... More

  • Michelle
    Jul 23

    Go out for yourself when you feel you need to. Or do it everyday. Baby will adjust. Go to the library. Walk around a store you like to window shop. Walk around a mall. You gotta take care of yourself before you can take care of anyone else. However that looks like. Bc I know what it feels like to be doing it all alone and that first year is so hard. So so hard and depleting. Around 13 months, ... More

  • Kailynn
    Aug 08

    I am/was in the same boat as you. My family all lives on the east coast, so no help and a SAHM. When my son was really little I got involved in a Moms group and it helped me to get out of the house in the early days and it was so nice to connect with other moms. I also have a dog that cannot be ignored so I make it part of my routine to get out and walk with him and the baby. My son is now ... More

Anonymous posted in Parenting Culture Jul 10

Mommy bloggers!

Just curious, who are your favorite mommy bloggers / instagram accounts to follow :) some of my faves: @cristalserranoo @krista_lynn_jones @tammyhembrow @madisonbontempo @lorenacarolinap @aforeverlylove

Anonymous posted in Family Life Jul 03

The needs of my children and husband are too much!!

I have been struggling lately with school out(3 lil kids at home - SAHM), my husband working overtime, absolutely no ALONE time, and family issues. I have days where I get so frustrated with everyone’s needs. It’s never enough and I take it so personally sometimes. Does anyone else ever feel like this?? I feel like I take it out on my husband too, and he takes it out on me as well. How do yo... More

  • Erin
    Jul 08

    I go running it helps get all my anger against my 3 kids and husband out. By the time I get home from running 2-3 miles I'm to tired to be angry.

  • Shannon
    Jul 15

    I'm so sorry you're all dealing with this. It's incredibly difficult! My husband and I have been married 15 years and have found that knowing one another's expectations instead of assuming them has helped. He needs a bit of down time in the mornings on weekends before everyone jumps on him and I need him to help when he gets home from work. He took care of all the girls while I ... More

Anonymous posted in Stay-at-Home Moms Jun 26

Know any ways to earn money?

I had my babies 4 weeks early premature he was only 3 lb and 11 oz. So I will not be going back to work until he's at his normal birth weight. So just trying to figure out ways to earn money while I can't go out and get a job yet.

  • Shannon
    Jul 15

    In 1-2 hours a day, I work my Skincare business and am bringing home enough to pay for my 3 girls to do gymnastics and a few other necessities.

  • Shantel
    Jul 29

    If you’re still trying to find ways to make money. Lmk and I can be of assistance 😊

Lulu posted in Family Life Jun 21

How can I let off some steam if I can't get away from my kid?

My daughter just turned 10 months old. I'm a sahm and my husband won't take me out away from her, no matter how many times I beg, no date nights, no babysitter, nothing. And forget him watching her for me. Or anyone else for that matter. So basically I've been on duty 24/7 since she was born and I'm crawling the walls trying not to lash out. I love her but this is bloody old.... More

  • Judy
    Jul 05

    This isn't a break, but a weaning idea until you can have a break. Maybe do more thing together as a family, just a park or a walk so she sees being with daddy is normal and then you are not alone with her. Hopefully soon all will be more comfortable with the change. No disrespect to your husband, but screaming is part of parenthood. Like you, you had had learn how to be a parent.

  • JJ
    Aug 11

    I would get out of the mindset of him “watching her for you”. He wouldn’t be watching her for you, he would be doing his job as a parent. He needs to man up.

My husband doesn't understand me.

I'm a SAHM and he works full time. I ask him to do something simple (well not that simple for him) like give our 2 year old a bath and he says no, I didn't give him enough notice. When I ask him to please sweep the living room floor instead, while I do the bath (thinking this will save some time and we can both get to bed at the same time after my son goes to bed) he says he will sweep ... More

  • Superdad
    Jul 20

    I’m sorry that so many husbands today still think it’s 1953.. 🤨

  • Susan
    Jul 30

    I hope he really appreciates you and what you do. I’m glad you see a positive change. 🙂

New part time stay at home mom with 3 month old

I returned to work when my daughter was 2 months old but have recently decided to work remotely part time in order to spend more time with her. She will still go to daycare half day while I work, but I want to make sure I am providing enough stimulation and activity for her when she is home with me. Any suggestions on activities for her age? Should I feel guilty about putting her in a sit me up... More

  • Marika
    Jun 15

    I don't think you have to worry. Everything is new for your little one so just everyday life will be plenty of stimulation. Closeness, comfort lots of talking and singing were things I did during that time and lots of baby wearing and for strength tummy and laying on back time on activity mats. I did avoid putting them in sitting structures since a baby chiropractor emphasised during my pr... More

Equality for dads

I love my daughter and I love being a stay at home dad, but I have had enough of this country's lack of support for men as parents. I'm angry and frustrated because there seems to be no accommodations for fathers in America, whether it's with parental leave after birth, society's stigma for stay at home dads, or even something as basic as having a changing table in men's re... More

  • Kathie
    Jun 24

    Signed!

  • Hteees
    Jul 30

    I just go to women’s restrooms if there’s no changing station in the men’s, but I shouldn’t have to.

Anonymous posted in Stay-at-Home Parents May 30

Stay at home parents, I salute you. So I am not a SAHM but I’ve been home the past few days while my 10 month old battles a pretty nasty cold. So anyway today was the worst, she was very hard to console and was sooo sick it just broke my heart, I spent 99% of the day holding her and rocking her while she napped and played with her whenever she was up for it. I think I ate a bowl of cold cerea... More

  • Anonymous
    Jun 18

    Hahahahaha! I like that approach.

  • Anonymous
    Jun 28

    At some point I just got tired of asking and just go do what I have to, SO will have to take care of baby. Mommy needs time to relax too.

Anonymous posted in Activities & Enrichment May 30

Advise

Question for SAHP, how do you deal with your child when all they want is your undivided attention. He seldom wants to be left alone. Do you let them cry or tend to their every need? I'm a FTM...

  • Erin
    May 31

    Aw I just give her all my attention. No regrets and she’s securely attaching to a parent who values her !!!! No child left behind lol or rather, no feeling of abandonment on her tiny little heart

  • Ashley
    May 31

    I would try to find ways that you can play together but still get a little break. For example, put them in the high chair with some edible fingerpaint and start playing and let them take it from there. Then you can sit and take a minute for yourself while they play but still be involved. Or have them “help” with laundry by giving them a pile of socks to play with while you’re folding. It’s tota... More

Anonymous posted in Stay-at-Home Moms May 30

Adjusting to SAHM life

While I’m incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to stay at home with my baby (for however long - still figuring things out) I am struggling. From feeling isolated (not just from society but my friends who don’t understand my life), to feeling guilty every time we can’t afford something to feeling like I should be doing more more more and never acing one thing (or feeling like I am). Anyon... More

  • Stacie
    Jun 23

    You have the most important job in the entire world, raising that baby!! Embrace it! I would try to find a le Leche league meeting near you to meet other moms. I’m in the same situation and I go to LLL and take lots of walks, bike rides and naps;))

  • Michelle
    Jul 04

    I feel the same way and going on year 2 of being a SAHM with baby number 2 due in a couple months. I try to connect with other mom friends, take my daughter to the Children's museum and make small talk with other parents. My husband works overseas for 4-6 months out of the year, so that makes it harder. But being with my daughter every day and watching her grow up is so worth it

Superdad posted in Fitness May 29

Balancing being a SAHD, training, and raising Super Boy.

Where my dads at?! Share your stories...

  • Superdad
    May 31

    To clarify. 50 grams of carbs a day. It’s tough but worth it! Good job Dan! 👍🏻💪🏻

  • Dan The Dad
    May 31

    Thanks man. Yeah I knew what you meant. It’s tough being an active SAHD but I have to stay fit to keep up with the this little ball of energy. 😂

Do other SAHPs just stay inside all summer because of the heat?

I just had my first baby two months ago and am staying at home with her, but I can’t take her out anywhere because my car gets too hot here in Texas during the summers. I’d like to take her grocery shopping or just to get out of the house but my car is too hot for us to return to. Sometimes I feel like it’s also too hot outside to stroll her around. Not sure what other moms do to get around thi... More

  • Dan The Dad
    Jun 01

    I live in Texas too and it is hot!! I usually cool the car off before we get in. Never thought about a fan. Purchasing today for our daily walks and trips to store. Thanks @Taylor L!

  • Khris
    Jun 04

    I can’t even imagine how hot it is in Texas! ☀️ We got through our 90-100 summer by staying indoors and keeping car rides short! 1. Indoor play places! Went often during the hottest month, was about $30 for a month membership. 2. Children’s museum! Was $50 for a year membership and we went very often. 3. Libraries. Free! 4. Mall play place. Free! 5. Water table / kiddie pool, endless fun.... More

Anonymous posted in Stay-at-Home Dads May 21

How long have you been a stay at home parent?

  • Shannon
    Jul 15

    I've been a SAHM for 7 years.

  • Lena
    Jul 17

    I was a SAHM for 3 years but decided to go back to work and now my boyfriend has taken up the role as SAHD for the past 3 1/2 years so I could work and he could take some time off to spend time with our kids.

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