Somedays, as a SAHM, I feel bored and I am sure that Val does too. Those are the days that we go to classes or free things offered in the area so that she can meet other children, interact, learn with others, and I can meet other moms in the area.
I think these types of activities are crucial for a well rounded environment for the mom and child. Too much of one thing, like being at home, can weight heavily on all involved. Be on the look out for a post about the well-being of a SAHM!
What are some things a SAHM and child can do together outside of the house? Where do I even start?
Something as simple as running errands together. Going to the store, writing lists/checking off items, or making games out of “chores” can be fun and a change of pace.
Story time. My library has story time once a week, and we have been going since they started offering it for the little ones. It usually includes a story, another short activity, and caregivers and kids linger longer to play with books, toys, and puppets. This gives the adults time to meet and mingle while the children interact with each other.
Classes at the YMCA (or other places like Little Gym). We have gone to a few classes at the Y, and we are loving them. They are for parents and child and again give us the time to be together, learning something new, and in a new setting while meeting others.
La Leche League or other groups like Holistic Moms Network. These are great resources for moms and child alike, especially when looking for like-minded people. I attended LLL while we were in AZ and it was a great way to connect to others when I didn’t know very many people.
There are countless other places to go too like the zoo, children’s museums, and parks just to name a few. If you are a SAHM and feeling bored, restless, or getting short with your children maybe you should try venturing out for new scenery and to change up your days a little. That connection to others will surely help.
What activities do you like to do with your children in your community?