Five Benefits of Getting Out of the House Everyday for Stay at Home Moms

Five Benefits of Getting Out of the House Everyday for Stay at Home Moms

I’m 3.5 months into my new gig as an at-home mom (I purposely remove the word “stay” from “stay at home mom”) and I have learned a lot about myself and my kids in that amount of time. While it still feels like a vacation compared to the rat-race of my working-mom-life, I can easily see how and why many stay-at-home moms become lonely, exasperated, and frustrated. I have already had my fair share of days where I felt at least one, if not all, of those emotions. Being home with my children is one of the best gifts I have ever received. But just like any valued treasure, their is maintenance and care that comes with it. One of the things I quickly figured out is how important it is for my girls and I to get out of the house every single day. Here are 5 benefits I’ve found.

Change of Scenery

This is kind of a no-brainer but cabin-fever is a real thing. Your kids are more likely to feel it and turn into mini versions of Jack Nicholson in The Shining before you do, just without the ax (hopefully). Getting them out of the house will give everyone involved a much needed change of scenery and help prevent tensions from rising. I’m at my worst as a mom when we’ve been home too long; the girls get at each other’s throats and I lose my crap. It’s not good. Also, there’s a huge bonus if the place you venture to has lots of good people-watching opportunities.

Education

You may not think so, but your kids learn something everywhere you go – even if it’s only to the Mothership. Our little ones absorb their surroundings, take them in, and find a way to apply their new experiences to their lives and what they already know. Getting them out of the house exposes them to new situations and environments. Plus, learning is exhausting and exhausted kids take good naps and/or sleep well at night (bonus!).

Mess Control

I mean, if there’s no one home then there’s no one to make a mess, am I right? My favorite days are the ones where we leave after breakfast and don’t come back until lunch (or after if I’m feeling lazy generous and we eat out). There’s no mess for me to have to clean up which means I can put them down for their naps and relax (and by “relax” I mean tackle my never-ending to-do list).

Sense of Purpose

I don’t know about you but I absolutely feel like I have more of a sense of purpose when I get dressed and leave the house – even if getting dressed is a pair of shorts, a t-shirt, mom-bun, and no make-up. Sitting around all day (and by “sitting around” I mean trying to keep children alive while maintaining some semblance of sanity) can really have an impact on how you feel about yourself. I have found that if I give myself a task away from home every day – even if that task is “get a pink drink and go to the playground” – I feel like I’ve accomplished something.

Fun

Sure, there’s lots of fun to be had at home, but my girls have the most fun when we go somewhere they enjoy. I enjoy watching them have fun. Nothing melts my heart more than when my 2.5 year old looks up at me and says “It’s fun today!” while we’re out. Recently, I was (what I felt like was) dragging her in and out of stores doing some shopping after taking some blog photos; I thought for sure she was going to be miserable but she held my hand and told me in her toddler words that she was having a great time. Your kids might surprise you and if they hate where you took them, leave. It’s that simple.

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So, we obviously aren’t rolling in the dough over here so it’s not like we can go on lavish outings every day so my favorite, cost-effective places for taking my girls are:

  • Playground. Free! There’s lots of good ones around us so we alternate which one we visit. The downside is that it’s super hot during the summer so we always go in the morning on park days. We try to go a couple times per week.
  • Library. Free! They enjoy looking for books, playing with the toys on the wall, coloring, and using the kids computers. Our library is great and while we haven’t made it to any events yet, there’s always something going on there. We go every 2 weeks.
  • Splash Pads (in the summer). Free! Well, some of them cost money but a lot of them don’t! Splash pads are a great way for kid to run off their energy while staying cool and tiring themselves out.
  • Mall. Free/Cheap! The mall can be free if you stick to the indoor playground and window shopping/people watching. My mall has a train that rides around the ground floor and some Chuck. E. Cheese’s-type quarter rides, too. So we only spend a few bucks. When I’m feeling like the best mom ever, we have lunch at Chick-fil-a in the food court. Plus, there’s AC in the summer and heat in the winter! Just don’t forget your hand sanitizer for when they’re done playing.
  • Chuck E Cheese’s. Cheap! I’ve found that getting there at the beginning of the week right when it opens is the best because it’s still clean and there’s no one there. I spend only $5-$10 in tokens when we go and the kids love it. We go every two weeks, alternating between the library. Same as above, don’t forget the hand sanitizer.
  • Target. Duh. Enough said.

How often do you get out of the house? Where are your favorite places to go? Tell me below!

 

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20 Comments

    • Shannnon
      July 30, 2017 / 11:29 pm

      Thanks for reading!

    • Shannnon
      July 26, 2017 / 10:39 am

      Thank you for reading and for your thoughts, Louise! And thank you for the nomination!!

  1. July 21, 2017 / 7:49 pm

    I totally agree with this! And days when we don’t leave the house I feel all those same emotions PLUS it’s like a treadmill minute alll day long- so boring (unless we need a day off) and we like to go to a museum and scream (Ooey, not me)

    • Shannnon
      July 23, 2017 / 11:06 pm

      A treadmill minute! I love that! Totally going to use that from now on. Thanks for reading!

  2. July 21, 2017 / 9:58 am

    We definitely get out of the house every day. Some of our favorite things to do is the farmers market, the playground, a museum, the swimming pool, the petting zoo, the zoo, an indoor play hall, take the train (Aya loves trains) to a different city or just take Aya’s bike and go around the neighborhood. <3

    • Shannnon
      July 23, 2017 / 11:07 pm

      Ah! That’s so awesome! You girls must have so much fun!

  3. July 19, 2017 / 5:23 pm

    This is my biggest challenge as a mom. I’m such a homebody and introvert that I absolutely hate going out with the kids. With the two older girls this was possible because they get enough outside time at school but now with my little one, I need to start getting out more. I hope I had the energy!

    • Shannnon
      July 19, 2017 / 10:41 pm

      You can do it! I would so much prefer to stay home more often than not, too, but it’s just not good for us to do that!

  4. July 19, 2017 / 12:53 am

    I agree with all of these but I don’t leave the house every day. We live in the sticks and just getting coffee takes at least 25 minutes. We usually grocery shop on Tuesday and have girls day on Friday (target, mall, etc). Then on the weekends we are always out and about. Sometimes I wish we lived in the city for my sanity but I love this country life too!

    • Shannnon
      July 19, 2017 / 10:42 pm

      Yeah we’re about 15-20 minutes away from most places we like to go to so sometimes we just get in the car and I decide while I’m driving where we’ll go. LOL. I’m with you, though – I love the city but I like being in the burbs too!

  5. lilflowermama
    July 19, 2017 / 12:49 am

    We really like to head to the library and my new favorite is swapping playdates with my girlfriends. My girls are a bit older and I have a few trusted friends I can do this with. We take turns picking up and dropping off our girls for play dates, it is so great!

    xo, Nicole

    • Shannnon
      July 19, 2017 / 10:43 pm

      We love the library! Play date swaps sound so awesome! It will be so fun for my girls when they’re a little older to be able to do that!

  6. July 18, 2017 / 11:28 am

    I agree so much with the Sense Of Purpose!! I have been home with Declan since he was born (3+ years) and I find our days are better when we have something to complete or accomplish- whether that be errands, a play date, a lunch date, museum, toddler classes… anything to give us a sense of purpose!

    • Shannnon
      July 18, 2017 / 4:22 pm

      Yes! It’s so important! I’m an achiever by nature and so I have to feel like I have accomplished something or else I feel like a bum! Thanks for reading!

  7. July 18, 2017 / 9:32 am

    Splash pads and the library have been our jam this summer. Love that Target is one here! 😀

    • Shannnon
      July 18, 2017 / 4:22 pm

      Yes! They’re the best! Thanks for reading!

  8. July 18, 2017 / 7:37 am

    This is the first piece of advice I give to anyone who asks me for advice on being a stay-at-home mom. I’m like, “Forget staying anywhere!” Haha

    Love this post!

    • Shannnon
      July 18, 2017 / 4:23 pm

      It’s such great advice!! There is literally no “stay” involved! LOL

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