Why I go out more than I stay In
It's been a while. We've been traveling, and blogging gets hard when I'm away from home and my routine. But I'm back and ready for action. Since I've decided, for now, to homeschool, I'm in the midst of planning my year out. This is harder than I thought it would be and has also taken way more time than I think it should. There's so much to consider like learning materials, extracurricular activities, field trips and other outings. One of the biggest challenges I'm having right now is finding the delicate balance between going out and staying in. My husband's running joke is how I'm not really a stay at home mom because I'm out more than I am home. Which is very true, every since becoming a SAHM I've made it a goal to spend more time out the house.
I spend a majority of my time outside of my home because it's how I keep my sanity. It's easy to think SAHMs love staying home. I'm sure some people think we stay in our pajamas without makeup and watch TV all day (this was literally told to me). When is the last time any parent did that, stay at home or not? One of the cardinal rules of staying home is making sure you get dressed for the day. It helps gives you a sense of normalcy and purpose. I break this stigma constantly by keeping a fairly active social calendar. We go out at least 3 to 4 days a week. There are days I stay in the house and catch on chores and other things to be done. Sometimes our days are spent partially at home, but I value my time out. We get a chance to meet up and socialize with other moms and kids. It's our chance to get a break from the house and one another. And you need that when you spend so much time together. I love my kids and I know they love me but sometimes we need a break from one another, so going out is both for the kids and I. We all get cabin fever after a few days inside. I learned very early on in my stay-at-home journey that staying home is hard, and can get isolating and mundane. So to break up the monotony of things we venture out.
There were days staying at home was better for me and my mental psyche, but these days going out is a necessary part of our daily routine. With 2 very active toddlers getting into EVERYTHING, getting out is a must. But I'm also learning that finding a balance is the key. Especially since I am trying to do more constant, daily learning via homeschool. First, I try not to overwhelm myself with too many scheduled or mandatory events. Morning park play before errands are sometimes our most exciting weekly outings. And I'm learning to be ok with that. But I try to make it fun and interactive for the kids as I can. They can push the cart, help gather items from the shelves or pick our new fun things to eat or play. As time progresses our time out might will also adapt. But going out will always be a necessary part of my routine. Not to mention the added benefits of just feeling the sun on your skin for at least a few minutes a day.
What do you do to keep from getting cabin fever?