I’m a SAHM who blogs at That’s What Anxious Mom Said under the moniker Anxious Mom. I write about parenting, mental health, and general life stuff.
What does a typical Friday look like in your life?
I try to get some cleaning done around the house while my oldest is in school. I like going into the weekend with a neat house (or as neat as it gets around here). After Little Man gets out and my husband gets off work, we head out to dinner (if the toddler is in a good mood — if not, we get pizza and stay home) and try to find something fun to do or pick up a movie. It’s a pretty basic Friday night!
What is the best thing about having children?
I could say it’s the love or whatever, but frankly, I’m a sucker for the nonstop snuggles. I also love watching them learn and seeing their personalities develop.
What can you do to get a giggle out of your children?
For my 2-year-old, all I have to do is make a silly face or act like I’ve been injured. She thinks it’s especially funny to see someone fall down. With the 8-year-old, I can make a joke — doesn’t matter whether it’s crude little boy humor or a knock-knock joke — or I can say something sarcastic.
What is the biggest challenge at the moment?
My biggest challenge is to stay organized. I am awful at organizing my time to take care of everything I need to take care of and to pursue some of my personal hobbies/interests. Basically, everything gets half done.
How do you handle the days where ‘nothing goes right’?
If I don’t retreat to the bedroom and hide under the blankets, then I scrap whatever plans we have, do something basic for dinner that is easy and everyone loves (usually breakfast) and play games or put on a movie.
What do you miss the most about your life before children?
Not being Ridiculously Anxious Mom. I’m kind of joking, but my anxiety went from bad to godawful after having kids. I also miss the quiet and having enough energy at the end of the day to want to do things with my husband other than zoning out in front of the TV.
Do you have any words of wisdom for new mums?
This is more for stay-at-home-moms — don’t isolate yourself. It’s really hard to find time for yourself — let alone friends — when you’re a new parent, but do try to make time to get in some adult interaction that isn’t your spouse/partner on a regular basis. It’ll help keep your sanity intact.
When I started blogging, Anxious Moms blog was the first other mum blog I discovered and followed. She writes a great blog that talks about all the funny and anxious moments in parenting. She also followed me back, how kind! Thank you Anxious Mom for being my first follower and a wonderful feature mum!