Sometimes just staying home seems easier as a work-at-home-mom. (Especially when you tell yourself you’ll be able to get work done while your kid is awake. That. Never. Happens.) Here’s why you need to get out of the house.
It seems winter is definitely a-coming in Seattle. The glorious, sunny weather we had yesterday has now switched overnight to gray skies and rain and the weather forecast is warning super strong winds and to prepare for power outages. If it’s like last winter, this rain will now be a near constant presence until May.
I don’t mind a good rainstorm. But I do feel a bit more weary about the winter months this year, particularly once that darn daylight savings time kicks in and it starts getting dark at 4:30 p.m. Why do I feel more weary? Because I have an active toddler at home and our week ticks by much better when we get out of the house every day, which lately has been to parks.
Switching from dry parks to other activities is going to be an adjustment, but I suppose that’s what rain boots and rainsuits are for – and a little creativity. What I do know is staying at home all day every day through winter isn’t an option. As a work-at-home mom, getting out of the house and going somewhere where Lulu can run around is important for two main reasons that start with “s”: sleep and socialization.
A busy day means a longer nap, during which I can work. An active day also means a tired girl come nighttime, ensuring she goes to bed without a fuss and sleeps through the night. This means quality time with my husband, more time to work, and better sleep for me so I’m a more rested, present mom the next day. Win, win, win.
Staying at home with Lulu and working at home means if I don’t force us out of the house, we’ll never see anyone besides our part-time nanny. And since I happen to like adult conversation, finding an outlet where I can get out of the house and meet other moms is key to keeping me a happy person. Joining local moms groups has made this so much easier for me and I also try to make an effort to set up playdates with friends on a regular basis – these playdates are just as much for me as they are for Lulu. Moms need other moms.
I also am fortunate that I pretty much stumbled into an amazing playgroup of moms with similar aged children almost immediately after moving to the Pacific Northwest from San Diego last year. I hold that playgroup in high regard on our schedule and won’t sign up or plan anything that conflicts with it. Not only do I get ideas and support for parenting a young child from others who just went through it or are also currently living a “stage,” but it is also great socialization for Lulu. She sees the same kids every week and has gone from parallel play to interactive play with them and now gets excited when she know we’re going to see her friends. It’s great to watch that social development build in her.
So yes…sleep and socialization are two very important things for a stay-at-home or work-at-home mom, and getting out of the house multiple times each week helps with that immensely. As for that 4:30 p.m. sunset? Guess Lulu and I will just need to do more dance parties in the kitchen before dinner to get our energy out – while I text the moms in my playgroup and ask if they think this rain is ever going to end.
Do you have any creative kids for entertaining active kids when the weather gets bad? Share them in the comments below or let me know on Facebook!
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