It’s that magical time of year again. The house will soon be quiet. The dishes will be done, laundry will be put away instead of balancing precariously in a 10 foot tall mound in the hallway and us stay at home moms or work from home moms will get a much needed – – at least in my case – – break from parenting.
My twin boys will be starting kindergarten in 2 weeks. Yesterday, when the majority of you were sending your youngsters back to school in Mesa or Gilbert, I was seething with jealousy sitting behind those glorious school buses in my swagger wagon – – ahem, minivan – – while my children bickered back and forth in the back seat over whether or not the car next to us was silver or gray. Apparently that is a very important distinction for 5 year olds.
For many of you stay at home moms, the start of kindergarten this year marks a very uncertain time – – especially for those of you who are sending your youngest, your last little kidlet on her way into the world. You arrive home after watching your littlest one hop on the school bus, or run into her brand new kindergarten classroom and sit down on your couch and think to yourself:
I went through this just one short year ago. My husband and I made the choice to send our 4 year olds to a full day preschool program. So after staying home with them for 4 years, I got home that morning sat down on my sofa and just let it sink in. I had been waiting for this day for years and suddenly I was overwhelmed. What in the world was I going to do?
I’ll tell you what I did. I started my own business. I had been dabbling in graphic and blog design for a couple of months. After the kids started school, I took that final leap and haven’t looked back.
6 things a Stay at Home Mom Can Do Once the Littlest Rugrat Starts Kindergarten
- Learn a new skill. As I mentioned, I learned a brand new skill and was able to start a successful business. I had forgotten how exciting it was to learn something new and apply that knowledge to an income generating system. After not contributing financially for years, it felt amazing to be able to do so. I had so much fun learning graphic and blog design. Sure there were moments when I wanted to toss my computer through the patio door at 2am, but it was still FUN! Find something that you’ve always wanted to know how to do and take the steps to learn how to do it. There are tons of free courses online and you might even want to check out classes at Mesa Community College.
- Rediscover your faith. Once the boys went to school, I started attending daily Mass 2-3 times per week. I can’t tell you the difference that made in my everday life. Many of you aren’t Catholic, so daily Mass probably won’t work for you. How about committing to reading scriptures and praying daily? Or finding a new faith based book to read? Or perhaps starting a small group Bible study? So many options, and trust me if your faith has suffered a bit over the years, this renewal will work wonders for you!
- Start a blog. I am a bit of a blog junkie. Everytime I have a new idea, the first thing I do is buy the domain name and build a blog. I should create a group called Bloggers Anonymous. Anyhow – – you have so much knowledge in that brain of yours. It’s time to harness it and share it with the world. Are you an amazing organizer? Do you create amazing meal plans? Do you make homemade cleaning supplies, or essential oils? There are literally thousands of ideas and many different ways to go with this. And who knows, you may be able to make a little bit of extra cash! I love helping women brainstorm about this kind of stuff, so please, please, please, email me [email protected] and we can chat about your ideas. Plus, I love making new friends.
- Reconnect with long lost friends. We all know it happens from time to time. Life gets in the way and before you know it, you haven’t talked to your former BFF in 5 years. Take some time to send an email, facebook message or even pick up the phone and make a date for coffee or lunch to catch up.
- Volunteer. This one is pretty self explanatory, but check out different volunteer opportunities at your kids’ school, your church or community organizations. I volunteered in my kids’ religious classroom at school, LOVED it and plan on volunteering again this year.
- Take a day off. Seriously. Pick a day a week or every other week to just relax. Go get a massage or a pedicure. Watch crappy reality TV. Let the chores go for the day. You deserve it!
Let’s hear it ladies! What would you add to this list?