At-Home Parents Need Time Too

It's wonderful being able to stay at home with your children, whether you have a job or business, or not. But you need your spouse to be supportive, as well as friends and family, or your life becomes much more difficult. You may feel as though you are stuck in your house, or spend all your time taking care of others with no time for you. Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do about this.

If you're facing an unsupportive spouse, whether they're not helping with the kids or telling you to find an outside the home job, you need to sit down and talk with them about what you're doing and how important it is to you. Even if your only job is caring for your family, you need a break sometimes too. And if you have a home business, it can be even harder to run it if you're always being told to get a job. So talk about it. Don't be confrontational, just explain your position. Remember, you do far more than just sit in front of the TV all day.

But what if your spouse simply can't help you, because they're working long hours and are quite simply not there at the times you need them? You can still get out of the house to do your own thing if you want. For time without your children when your spouse is too busy, try checking with your church. Some have Mother's Day Out programs, which allow moms to get out and do something while someone else watches the kids. You need to make time for yourself regularly, and this is one way to get it even when your spouse's life is busy.

Friends and other family members may assume that just because you're home all day, you're available to run their errands, visit whenever they feel like it, and so forth. Be firm about leaving yourself enough time to do the things you need to take care of every day. Many parents find that staying home with their families isn't exactly the life of leisure others may assume it is. If you work at home, be firm about your office hours.

Taking care of your family involves taking care of yourself. Make sure you're getting the support you need from the people who love you. Tell them your needs, whether it be helping to pick up around the house, putting the kids to bed sometimes, or giving you a few hours to be by yourself. When you spend your entire day at home, it's really not so much to ask, is it?

 

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