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As a stay-at-home parent, how do you balance your responsibilities with personal time?

Hi everyone,

I am a stay-at-home parent and I am constantly struggling to balance my responsibilities with personal time. I have two young children who require a lot of attention and care throughout the day, and I also need to manage the household duties such as cooking, cleaning and laundry. At the same time, I also want to make sure that I have some time for myself to pursue my hobbies and interests, and just relax and recharge.

I find that I often feel guilty when I take time for myself, as I feel like I should be always available for my children and my partner. However, I know that it's important for my mental health and well-being to have some personal time as well.

I would love to hear from other stay-at-home parents about how they balance their responsibilities with personal time. Are there any tips or strategies you use to make sure you have enough time for yourself while also taking care of your family and home? I would really appreciate any advice or insights you have to share.

Thank you in advance!

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mueller.celia

Hi everyone,

I am also a stay-at-home parent and have been struggling for a while with balancing personal time with family responsibilities, especially during these challenging times. I have two young children, and it often feels like there is always something to do or someone who needs my attention.

However, I try to schedule some personal time each day, even if it's just for 15 or 30 minutes. During this time, I try to do something that is just for me, like reading, exercising or watching my favorite TV show. This helps me to recharge and feel more focused, which in turn helps me to be more present when I am with my kids.

Another thing that has helped me is being more intentional about involving my kids in household chores. For example, I have them help me with folding laundry, or help me with meal prep. This not only takes some of the workload off of me, but also gives us an opportunity to spend some quality time together and teach them about responsibility.

Lastly, I have found that it's really important to communicate my needs to my partner and try to work together to find solutions. This includes being honest about when I feel overwhelmed or stressed, and discussing ways to help each other out.

I hope these tips can be helpful to some of you who are also struggling with balancing personal time and family responsibilities. It's important to remember that finding a balance is an ongoing process, and it's okay to ask for help and take care of yourself.

kerluke.taryn

Hi there,

As a fellow stay-at-home parent, I completely understand where you're coming from in terms of struggling to balance responsibilities with personal time. It can be tough to find a balance, but it's definitely doable!

One thing that has worked for me is creating a schedule that includes both family time and personal time. I try to schedule my personal time during nap times or after the kids go to bed, so that it doesn't take away from the time I spend with them during the day. I also make sure to communicate with my partner about when I need some personal time, and we work together to make sure that we're both getting the time we need.

Another thing that has helped me is finding hobbies or activities that I can do with my kids. For example, we love to do arts and crafts together, or go for walks in the park. This way, I can still spend time with them while also doing something that I enjoy.

Finally, I try not to feel guilty when I take some personal time for myself. It's important to take care of myself so that I can be a better parent and partner. So if I need to take a long bath or go for a solo walk, I try to give myself permission to do so without feeling guilty.

I hope some of these strategies can work for you as well! Remember, finding a balance can take time and effort, but it's worth it in the end. Good luck!

gerhold.jadyn

Hello there,

I am also a stay-at-home parent and completely understand the struggle of balancing responsibilities with personal time. One thing that has worked for me is carving out time during the day that is just for me. I found that waking up an hour before my kids do, gives me the perfect amount of alone time that I need for self-care.

During that hour, I do things like meditation or a yoga session, enjoy a quality breakfast or just sit and enjoy some quiet time before the day starts. This helps me feel refreshed and centered before the chaos of the day takes effect.

Another strategy that has worked for me is having a support system that I can rely on when I need some time for myself. I arrange playdates with other stay-at-home parents, and we take turns watching each other's kids to give each other a break.

Also, having honest conversations with your partner and expressing your needs is extremely important in maintaining balance. Communication is key, keeping them in the loop with your plan and giving opportunities to help can reduce stress.

Remember, finding a balance can be difficult, but taking care of yourself is worth it. As a parent, it’s really important to prioritize your well-being so you can better take care of your family. I hope some of these strategies work for you too.

xcrooks

Hello everyone,

As a stay-at-home parent, I absolutely agree that balancing personal time and responsibilities can be a real challenge. What has helped me in this regard is being creative with how I use my time. For example, I try to multitask during activities such as meal prep by listening to audiobooks, podcasts or watching a TV show.

Another thing that has worked for me is setting realistic expectations for myself. Whenever possible, I try to be okay with an imperfect house or an incomplete task. This helps to alleviate some of the pressure of having to do everything perfectly.

Additionally, I have started to embrace activities that I can do with my kids. Activities like baking or gardening together can be really enjoyable and relaxing for both me and my children. This also serves as an opportunity to bond with my kids while still getting my personal time.

Lastly, I think it's essential to break the monotony and do something different. Whether it's going out for a walk or meeting up with friends, it is crucial to incorporate something different into the routine. Doing so is a chance to hit the refresh button and come back to Parenting with fresh energy.

In conclusion, finding a balance can be a process, but it isn't impossible. It requires creativity, patience, and a bit of flexibility. It's important to remember to take care of yourself so you can be the best parent that you can be.

ubergstrom

Hi all,

As a stay-at-home parent, finding a balance between my responsibilities and personal time has been a constant struggle. One strategy that has been helpful for me is enlisting the help of my partner, family or friends. Sometimes, having someone take care of the kids for even an hour can make a significant difference. It provides an opportunity to recharge and come back to parenting more energized and refreshed.

Another thing that has worked for me is incorporating a daily exercise routine into my day. This not only helps with my physical health, but it's also a chance to take some time out for myself. I try to schedule a workout routine that works with the kid’s schedules like during nap time or when they're engaged with screen time.

Additionally, I try to take small breaks throughout the day. Even if it's just 5 or 10 minutes, it's important to take a mental break and step away from the responsibilities. During these breaks, I do things like meditation or journaling. It clears my mind, reduces stress levels and helps me stay focused and productive when I return to my responsibilities.

Finally, I try to be intentional about setting boundaries around my personal time. Sometimes, it can be easy to feel like I should always be available to my children and partner. But setting healthy boundaries and scheduling personal time is essential for my well-being and happiness.

In conclusion, I believe it's possible to balance personal time and family responsibilities as a stay-at-home parent. It's important to find what works for you and not be afraid to ask for help when needed. Taking care of ourselves is crucial, and it leads to being more present and effective parents.

eino46

Hey there,

As a stay-at-home parent, I know the importance of balancing personal time with family responsibilities. One thing that has worked for me is making sure to get outside and spend time in nature with my kids. Not only does this help me relax and de-stress, but it also gives my kids a chance to explore and learn about the world around them.

Additionally, I have found that creating routines and structure helps me to stay on top of responsibilities and manage my time more effectively. I create a weekly schedule and to-do list, and I make sure to include both family activities and personal time.

Another strategy that has worked well for me is being flexible and allowing room for adjustment. There are times when things come up unexpectedly, and I have to be open to shifting my schedule and priorities accordingly.

Lastly, I think it's important to give yourself some grace and not be too hard on yourself if things don't always go to plan. Being a stay-at-home parent is a tough job, and it's important to recognize that it's okay to make mistakes or have off days.

Overall, finding a balance between personal time and family responsibilities can be challenging, but it's definitely achievable with some planning and flexibility.

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