I love being a Stay-at-Home Momma. It’s the best to not have to work, and to give my kids what they really need: a nurturing Mom. Along with changing diapers, feeding Lisa and Alison, playing with them, reading them stories, and singing them songs, I also clean dishes, do laundry, vacuum, and so on. That’s what I do, and I really don’t mind the cleaning (I’ve had two custodial jobs before). I seriously love being able to be with my girls all day, to make them laugh, to toss them up in the air, to kiss their soft cheeks, to encourage them to stand and walk, and to cuddle them. It’s the best. But, it is hard to be home all day with no adult interaction or conversation. It’s hard to speak in a high pitched voice all day, and hard to be enthusiastic about every thing. I’m running low on fun things for both me and my girls to do.
Maybe I just need to brush up on some more nursery rhymes, children songs, and children games? While my girls may love Peek-a-Boo, Toss-me-in-the-air, tickles, and stories, I just can’t do it all day. My girls are really great though in that they do a great job of playing by themselves, together. I can leave them on the floor in their bedroom with the door shut for hours (don’t worry, it’s baby-proofed). They are easily entertained by their toys. While this is great so I can shower, eat, clean, and so on, I want to do more for my kiddos, especially for their language and cognitive development.
Since I no longer have school work, I’m left with more free time. I’ve been more regular with cleaning the dishes (we don’t have a dishwasher), and I even work on my New Year’s Resolutions. BUT, I find myself needing something more substantial to do with my time as I notice myself spending way too much of my day in front of the computer screen on Hulu, Facebook, and Blogger.
Before you rush to answer, please consider the following:
1. I do not have a car during the day.
2. I have twins, so if I want to go somewhere, the people have to be able to transport my two girls, me, themselves, and their kids (if they have any).
3. We have extremely limited money for extra things.
4. My girls go to bed by 6PM, wake up around 5:30AM, and take 2 naps during the day.
5. We do not have a spare room/space for projects to sit out (and I don’t really want to set things up and then pack them up right away); however, I do have a sewing machine, art supplies, and a guitar I don’t know how to play (and it has broken string).
6. I like spending time with Josh in the evenings.
7. I still don’t know that many people around here.
8. There’s literally very few sidewalks, and even fewer crosswalks.
9. I enjoy reading, but it’s hard for me to pick up the book and actually read.
10. It’s winter.
11. My apartment is small and doesn’t have a lot of entertaining things for older kids (at least I don’t think it does).
12. My girls don’t watch TV or movies.
Some things to suggest may include (though not limited to): games, toys, books, sewing projects, art projects, cool websites/things to do on-line, fun music, songs, unique home-made toys, hobbies, community events, libraries, home improvement projects, and even fun/good foods to make.
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