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Old 09-30-2008, 05:24 AM   #11
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Re: SAHMs:What do you DO with your LOs all day?

Just me, but I wouldnt put them in daycare just to get interaction. They need their mommy more than they need to be around other kids, especially in a daycare environment.
We read books, play with blocks and puzzles, play whatever games my 2 1/2 year old comes up with, watch movies, etc. I think its more about being there with them than what you actually do with them. If you think they are getting bored with their toys, switch out half of them with newer ones and then bring out the ones you put away in a month or so so they will be "new" again. DS loves just being home with me he doesnt care about having friends at his age. He has cousins he can play with on sundays. I would encourage you to keep them at home- you will miss so much of them growing up and isnt that why you decided to stay home in the first place?


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Old 09-30-2008, 07:26 AM   #12
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I feel ya, mama. You will find your way. And no, you don't always have to enjoy being home with your kids- I don't- but it's more fun when you find your stride.

We do have a basic, but flexible, structure to our day because we all need it:
Wakeup between 7 and 8, get dressed, have breakfast
Play and do whatever until just after ds' first nap
Outside for a walk, to the playground, chores, whatever- just get out
Home for lunch around 12 or 1
Down for naps around 1 or 2 (I take one too most days)
Up and having a snack around 4 or 5
Playing until dinner time- inside or out (sometimes ds takes a 3rd nap now)
After dinner we play, or watch tv, or go to the playground to meet daddy
Baths and bedtime between 7 and 8

I try to do things with dd that I love to do too- then we are both happier. I love to do projects with her and involve her in my daily chores. We cook, bake, make playdough, put together her new Ikea furniture, unload the dishwasher, sort and put out the recycling, paint, etc.

We also go on walks, go to playgroups (if you can't find one, start one- that's what I had to do), go to the playground/zoo/park/mall/grocery.
DD is very active and social and has a lot of energy so anywhere that she can run around and meet new people is good for her. She is in a little tumbling class at the local gym, once a week, and that is fun mommy-and-me time. My mom watches ds while we go. I also put her in the library story hour classes (you have to sign up) and she loves those. There we meet other moms and children and have made some friends. We do one or two playdates every week.

Take care of yourself as well as your kids, and try to find other moms who you connect with as well as your kids enjoying each other. It took time but I found things that work for us eventually. You will too.
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Old 09-30-2008, 07:28 AM   #13
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Re: SAHMs:What do you DO with your LOs all day?

My son has to entertain himself a lot because I work from home on the weekdays. I still take a lot of time to sit down and read to him, tickle him, chase him, play with him, etc. And he loves to go outside, so we usually do that a lot, too. I will just sit in the walkway to our house and he will wander around the yard and point at things. We go to parks with our mommy group and with daddy when he is home.

He honestly loves just running back and forth in the house. I put everything away that he could hurt himself on and let him have at it. Some days he is great and happy to play alone, other days he clings to my leg all day. He may not get the same constant interaction that he would get at daycare, but he gets mommy's attention any time he needs it, lots of love and snuggles all day long, and I get to see him growing up. I don't miss anything and I am so grateful for that.
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Old 09-30-2008, 07:45 AM   #14
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Re: SAHMs:What do you DO with your LOs all day?

I know there are free singing or story times at several places around here. Bookstores, pottery barn kids, mall, etc. There are bouncy fort places and little gyms, and many parks. What about a gymboree class.

We live in the suburbs so there are lots of things to do with kids here.

But unfortunately, I work so we try to do stuff on the weekend. But I really wish I could be home to get bored with DS!!!
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Old 09-30-2008, 09:05 AM   #15
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I agree with the other mamas. Just have fun doing whatever.

Yep! right now ds is having a blast unvelcroing and revelcroing his shoes. We do what he wants to do. Sometimes we put on the wiggles and dance, othertimes we investigate the house and get into trouble.
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