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To wonder what the hell I am supposed to do all day now I am a stay at home mum?

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gettingolderandoutofstyle Sun 07-Apr-13 13:51:39

I have been a stay at home Mum since DS was born (now age 2). For the first year I just met up with other mums each day who were also on maternity leave (but this actually cost me a lot of money going to cafes, soft play etc.) Now they are all back at work I have decided I would like to stay at home until DS (and I am 12 weeks pregnant with DC2) start school. But I am at a loss of what to do each day? At the moment DS wakes me up at 6am, we have breakfast, get dressed, then watch cbeebies for about an hour and a half before driving DH to work. We are back home by 9.30, I then put a wash load on, do the ironing and clean one room (I have allocated a room in our apartment to clean each day). DS just potters and plays with his toys and 'helps' me do bits of the cleaning. Then it is 11am we have a snack and I try and bake cakes or do colouring or playdoh or something until lunchtime but find it hard to stretch the activity out to last until lunch. We eat lunch, quick clean up and then I start thinking it is only 1pm, what the hell am I going to do until I pick my DH up at 5.30pm? If we go to the park I am usually bored after an hour and by the time we are home there are still at least another 2 hours to kill. What do other stay at home mums do? My own mum said I used to go to nursery every morning but she still struggled to fill the afternoons with me so she has no suggestions.

RevoltingPeasant Mon 08-Apr-13 12:00:34

OP only read first page, but - have you considered becoming a member of your local Wildlife Trust?

I ask because if you are, they send DC a magazine and activities every month (which is exciting when you are 3!) and also they tend to have a programme of events for little uns, like rockpooling, finger painting, nature walks etc.

They also run nature reserves round the country which you can access free as a member, which tend to be good for walks, with buggy-friendly paths. It costs around £2 a month so affordable for nearly everyone.

I bought my friend a membership and her little boy really likes getting the pack every month!

mammalion Mon 08-Apr-13 20:06:27

I don't have much to add. I'm on maternity leave with my 2.11 yr old ds1 and 5 month old ds2 and also found getting out to local toddler groups to meet other mums and starting a SAHM group of friends essential to my sanity. Lots of great ideas shared here! Will put some to use myself.

GingerPCatt Tue 09-Apr-13 13:16:54

I too find it hard to think of things to fill the time. So inspired by this thread, I've gotten a bunch of notecards and have written an activity in each. Some indoor stuff like making an obstacle course for DS's cars and some outdoor stuff like walks. Hopefully these can inspire me when I've run out of ideas.

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