“What do you even DO all day??”
Does any other stay-at-home-momma ever get this question? I have before!
And honestly, sometimes I didn’t even know how to answer. All I knew was the day went by and it seemed I didn’t accomplish much, although my mind and body felt like it had run a marathon.
Bring on the mom guilt, right??
So I started to listen to those lies – Well, I guess I didn’t do anything right or productive today. Is there really a purpose to me staying home? Am I doing enough activities with my child?
God quickly shut those lies down but also encouraged me in that maybe I needed to make a change.
So I created a daily SAHM routine that actually WORKS! And the best part is… you can too!
Baby G and I were used to going with the flow.
I woke up when she woke me up each morning. She napped when she was tired. She snacked when she was hungry and we spent waaaay too much time watching TV and not engaging in a lot of activities.
We didn’t really have a set schedule and I could see how that was affecting both of us. She needed more structure (and ways to burn off that toddler energy) and I needed something to help keep me motivated each day!
God wanted me to be more productive with the time He was giving us.
I asked myself, what would it be like to get to the end of the day and go to bed with a feeling of contentment, rather than stress or guilt? The answer… pretty darn awesome!
I want to help you feel this way too, Momma!!
Let’s look at some of the benefits of a daily schedule + how to create one that works for your family! Plus, I’ve got a free printable schedule for you to start using today. 🙂
Why You Need A Daily Schedule
Why even have a schedule?? A daily schedule will help you be more productive and know what to expect.
Your kids will benefit from this too! Babies and toddlers need structure. They need to know what to expect to feel a sense of security.
Plus it’s nice to have a fun schedule printed out for everyone to see – it looks cute as home decor and keeps everyone on the same page!
There are SO MANY benefits to having a daily SAHM routine for you and your family:
- You will feel more productive and can accomplish more on your to-do list
- You can create time you didn’t have before
- Enjoy more quality time with your kids and spouse
- You won’t be frantic at the end of the day, trying to squeeze everything in
- Your kids will get used to this routine which will help form good habits (including sleep!)
You can definitely see how creating a schedule can help! So now, how do we do that?
Things To Remember When Creating A Schedule
As we start making our schedules, there are a few important things to remember!
1. Give Yourself Lots Of Grace
Let me make this SUUUUPER clear…
We do not follow this schedule every single day.
Life happens! Kids get sick, you get sick, you have plans outside of the house, travel, rainy days, etc. And some days you are just tired and need a day with nothing to do. I get it!
The point isn’t to follow everything on the schedule to a “T,” but to give you a guideline for how your day will go. I don’t want to be too strict about the schedule, but I want to see the benefits of a nice family rhythm during the day!
So why make a schedule if it doesn’t matter whether you follow it or not?
When we write something down, we are more likely to do it than if we didn’t write it down.
How much more likely are you do do something if you see it right there in front of you? You may not get to it but you are WAY more likely to do something when you have a reminder OR write it down!
Give yourself lots of grace with this, especially if this is your first time ever making a schedule for your household.
2. Set Realistic Goals
Are you an outdoorsy family? Add some extra outside playtime!
Maybe you don’t want as much screen time or free play? Fill it in with something else!
Do you run errands once a week or your kids go to a Mother’s Day Out? It can look different for each day, no problem! 🙂
Make sure you set realistic goals specifically for your family! What works for one may not work for the other, and it is all totally up to you and how you want your day to look. The main thing is to create consistency and good habits for you and your kiddos!
3. Be Flexible
This kind of ties into the previous two statements, but this is super important! You may not follow every single thing on your schedule every day and that is okay.
Don’t let the thought of something changing or not going according to plan stress you out. Then you are back at square one where you may as well toss the schedule out the window!
Remember, it’s a guideline, not a hard and fast rule.
Our Sample Daily Schedule:
Now that we’ve established why you need a routine and what to think about when creating one, let’s make that schedule!
Take a look at what a SAHM daily routine with a toddler (3 yr old) looks like…
8:00 – 8:45 AM –> WAKE UP – breakfast, brush teeth, get dressed
SIDE NOTE: We absolutely love the Osmo! It is super fun and a great hands-on/interactive learning game for toddlers and up to 12 years old. It comes with 4 basic learning apps and you add on as they grow. I highly recommend this!! It’s compatible with Kindle or iPad.
9:45 – 10:00 AM –> SNACK – goldfish, fruit, smoothie, pretzels, applesauce
10:00 – 12:00 PM –> TO DO – errands, groceries, library, park, zoo, play date or other fun activity – the reason we do this in the morning is so G will be tired out and ready for a nap later!
12:00 – 12:30 –> LUNCH
12:30 – 1:00 PM –> Clean up lunch, free play
1:00 – 3:30 PM –> NAP TIME/REST TIME
3:30 – 4:15 PM –> Small snack + a walk or play on trampoline – if it’s cold we just eat inside and play!
4:15 – 5:00 PM –> TV time or play on Kindle while I prep dinner
5:00 – 5:30 PM –> DINNER
5:30 – 6:30 PM –> FAMILY PLAY TIME – outside play, cards, games, dolls, anything we can do together as a family with no TV or phones.
6:30 – 7:00 PM –> FAMILY BIBLE TIME – read a Bible story, family devo, prayers – I have a post coming soon on how to have effective family bible time with young children!
7:00 – 7:15 PM –> CLEAN UP – pick up toys, clean up dinner, etc.
7:15 – 7:45 PM –> BED TIME PREP – bath, brush teeth, bedtime story, prayers – if she isn’t getting a bath we’ll usually watch a little TV and start the bed time process a little later.
After G is in bed, it’s Mommy & Daddy hang out time!!
Need some inspiration for FUN activities your kids can do? Check out these 5 No Mess Inside Toddler Activities!
Congrats! You’ve made your schedule!
That is what a typical day in our house potentially looks like! We don’t follow it every day, especially as I am now working part-time from home (post on that later) but it helps give us a guideline of what to expect for each day. Both G and I are LOVING it!
I pray these tips help you to create a daily schedule that works for your family and keep you motivated!
Click here or the image below to download your free Daily SAHM Sample Schedules – one filled in and one blank for you to create your own using these tips!
Do you have a daily schedule you try to stick to? Let me know below!!