You might be wondering what to do as a stay at home mom.
I mean, is there like a mom schedule that you should abide by every day?
Do you ever wonder if you’re doing it right?
Or if other moms are doing it differently than you?
Do you wish there was a daily schedule of a stay at home mom?
In this post, I’ll share an example of a stay at home mom daily schedule, as well as reasons why having a schedule might or might not work for you.
First though, let’s cover some of the benefits of being a stay at home mom.
Benefits of Stay at Home Mom Statistics
According to Pew Research Study more and more moms are staying home.
Some of the benefits of being a SAHM are:
- Being there for all of your child’s firsts.
- Saving money on daycare, work clothes, and lunches out.
- Spending more time with your children.
- Availability when kids are sick. Being able to pick them up from school if necessary.
- Able to grocery shop and run errands during the day.
- More hours for cleaning and keeping the house in order.
These are just a few of the reasons to be a stay at home mom. I could go on and on but alas, that’s not the focus of this post.
Now onto the SAHM Schedule!
Why You Should Have a Stay at Home Mom Schedule
Having a schedule can be helpful, especially if you’re a new mom.
Being able to have your day laid out, whether on paper or even just in your mind, can set you up for success. (Or failure…but we’ll talk about that later!)
Not only do you know what to expect, but if you have older kids, they do too.
And planning can be the key to success.
If you’re a natural planner, this might come easy to you.
Lay out your day in a way that works best for you, but also for every member of the household, from babies to older kids, and the hubby too.
Of course, this schedule will vary depending on if you have babies, toddlers, preschool age, grade school, middle school or high school aged kids.
I find that it’s easier to split up the schedule into three parts: morning, afternoon and evening.
Make sure to include the important daily requirements. The rest of your stay at home mom activities can be filled in after.
SAHM Sample Schedule
- Breakfast- Typically during the week, it’s quick breakfast, and we cook a big breakfast on the weekend.
- Dressed- School age children are dressed before breakfast, the littles get dressed after. Brush teeth, etc.
- Clean up- breakfast dishes, beds made, random stuff put away.
- Off to school for big kids, playtime for small kids.
- Housework like laundry, vacuuming, picking up main living areas.
- Lunch- usually simple lunches with little prep required.
- Naptime or quiet time- reading or watching a show on TV.
- Quiet cleaning like folding laundry or wiping down the bathroom
- A little Me Time
- Kids home from school. Snack, a little downtime (usually while eating snack, we sit and talk about their day), then homework.
- Dinner- Cooking, eating as a family and clean up.
- Finish up homework for the older kids. Play time for the little kids.
- Showers and baths
- Family time- We try to every night do something as a family. Some nights it’s a card game or board game. Other nights it’s a movie or watching our favorite TV shows together.
When my kids were little, it was more play time than anything.
Some nights you might only have 15 minutes while others you have two hours.
It doesn’t really matter what it is or the amount of time it takes.
The important thing is just spending quality time together.
Flexibility is key! I’ve never been great at keeping a detailed schedule to be honest because with four kids who were always at different stages, I often had to just wing it!
I mean, the basics like meals and school are a given. But when you have little ones especially, you have to be flexible.
Sometimes cleaning has to wait until you’re husband is home to help with the kids.
Or do daily tasks but leave the deep cleaning until the weekend.
Momming Without a Schedule
While going by the clock works for some people, for others, not so much.
Some people aren’t planners by nature and would rather go with the flow.
And quite frankly, I don’t see anything wrong with that as long as the kids are getting what they need (and you as well).
Plus some people like variety in their days.
Yes, if your kids go to school, it’s the same time every day.
And you likely eat meals around the same time every day.
But there are so many things you can mix up as a Stay at home mom.
For example, you can:
- Save all the dishes until evening instead of cleaning up after each meal.
- Do laundry on the weekends, or on only certain days of the week. (If you dare, ha ha!)
- Let the older kids help more with cleaning, laundry and even making a few meals. Believe it or not, this will change your schedule and free up time for you to do other things.
You get the idea.
Again, not having everything laid out might be more your style, and that’s perfectly fine.
Different strokes for different folks.
Families are different, and whatever works for yours is just fine!
Stay at Home Mom Daily Schedule Template
If you’ve decided that a daily schedule is something you want to implement, I’ve created this free SAHM Daily Schedule Template that you can download, print out and fill in.
It’s really simple, just sign up below and it will be sent straight to your inbox!
Note that it just covers Monday- Friday as I find that weekends are crazy hard to schedule and most moms don’t.
Is a stay at home mom schedule right for you, or do you do fine without one? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
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