Dear Mrs. Marine,
I’m a new stay at home mom, I want to know, how do you manage? Do you network with other moms? Is it easier over the internet because it is not like walking up to a stranger?
~ Bored Mom
Dear Bored Mom,
When my daughter began preschool my whole world kind of changed. Not only did our routine change but I had somewhere to go five days a week. I would drop her off at school in the morning, then hang around and talk with the other moms who were there. In the afternoon I would get to school early so I could hang out and talk some more. I have made friends with a few of the moms so now I am able to get the daily adult interaction that I need.
I didn't have that in the beginning. I was at home every day with my daughter just sitting around the house. Some days were really boring. We didn’t have anywhere to go and I didn’t have any friends. It makes you feel isolated after a while.
When my daughter was two I found a "Mommy & Me" Gymnastics class that we would go to once a week. My daughter LOVED it and it got us out of the house. I found myself looking forward to it every week, we had so much fun. Any kind of class or playgroup is a great way to get out and socialize. Also most public libraries have "story time" once a week. Although I would much rather talk to someone in person or on the phone, I don’t always have that option, so, I turned to the internet. There are so many resources online to help you connect with other stay at home moms. The number of mom bloggers is constantly growing, along with online communities for moms. It’s easy to find other people to relate to. Blogs are a good way to communicate with other stay at home moms, to feel that someone else understands your life.
If you’re a stay at home mom, you have to find something to break up the monotony. It can be something as simple, and cheap, as having a picnic in your yard, or on the floor in your house (pretend you’re outside). Or craft projects, there are plenty of ideas online. Build a fort in your living room, pretend you’re camping. Children have such great imaginations. Doing anything out of the ordinary at least once a week can help prevent mom and kids from becoming board and restless.