Thursday, May 1, 2008

"Stay At Home Mom" a Misnomer

Whoever called us "stay at home moms" was obviously not one herself. I don't know what the deal is, but I spend more time at music, soccer, MyGym, AWANA, and driving to these places than I do at home. And my kids are only 5 and 7! We were so run down from all of these events, that both of the kids got colds. Thomas got better, Anna got worse. It got so bad that she needed an antibiotic to clear it up and eye drops for pink eye. During this same time, she caught molluscum (a skin virus) which only happens when children's immune systems are shot.
I started wondering if we were doing too much. While I want to allow them to try different things and expose them to varied experiences, I need to recognize our limits. I want them to have time to relax and hang out, or play with the neighbors as well.
I've got so many things to blog about, but with all the running around (and the recovery...) I haven't had the time. So hopefully soon this "Stay at Home Mom" (who is leaving in a few hours for Dallas, TX) will have some time to rest, relax, and blog like a mad woman in a few days.
If you are a stay at home mom, STAY HOME TODAY!!


Anonymous said...

Mine are 6 & 8. We found that putting them in too many activities was just too draining on us physically and them physically and emotionally.

So for now, its one activity a piece at a time, with occasional overlaps.

It works great. Right now, my daughter is playing in the dirt with the neighbor and my son is playing with clay. They don't have this time to just be kids when they are running around like chickens with their heads cutoff.

Amanda said...

Oh, I can TOTALLY relate! LOL We are getting to be more and more on the go with each passing month. Between church activities and things for the boys (7 & 5), we're busy 4-6 nights per week! The Summer is worse than the winter, as some things overlap (t-ball) but we're working at staying home more (especially with gas prices!).
Yes, let's stay home! My youngest even said to me the other day, "Mom why can't we stay home more and not be so busy?" There ya go.

Evie said...

I'm not sure what's going to happen this fall. We are looking at boy/girl scouts, gymnastics, drama, art, dance, and...I'm missing something. My daughter is very artistic and is into the arts. Unfortunately, gymnastics, drama, and art would be an hour away unless I find a local teacher and maybe start a program for homeschoolers here. My daughter "does" art everyday, but she is ready for formal training. I've got to start planning now if I don't want to go crazy this fall!