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Bored by full-time motherhood

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boredtodeath · 25/05/2011 15:18

I was made redundant last year after 12 years in a very demanding job. I decided to view it as a positive thing (I got a decent redundancy package so was not in financial dire straits) and throw myself into finally having time to be with my children aged 6 and 2. The only trouble is that I am unspeakably bored. Has anyone else felt this way or am I just a horrible mother? I adore them both but I feel like the household maid rather than the Mary Poppins-esque woman I had hoped to be. Where am I going wrong? Is there anyone out there who feels the same?

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DaisyLovesMetronidazole · 25/05/2011 15:23

I wouldn't even attempt stay at home motherhood.

Maternity leave was too long and boring for me!

It doesn't make you a bad person or a bad mother.


MrsTerryPratchett · 25/05/2011 15:24

I know what you mean but I predict you will get lots of posts that are less than understanding. The phrase, I didn't have kids for someone else to raise them will be used.


Sqee · 25/05/2011 15:32

I think even the most happy SAHM would have to agree with you in some way or another! YANBU you are just being human.

(BTW I am Mrs Terry Pratchett! :o)


IndigoBell · 25/05/2011 15:34

There is absolutely no way I could stay at home full time.

Start to work out what job you would most like to do now that money isn't such an issue......


MrsTerryPratchett · 25/05/2011 15:37


MrsTerryPratchett · 25/05/2011 15:38

Oops, Sqee


Spudulika · 25/05/2011 15:39

There's a lot of gruelling skivvying involved in being a SAHM.

I moan about it all the time.

My part time job stops me going completely loopy.


WoTmania · 25/05/2011 15:39

YANBU (I say this as a SAHM by choice.) It can be the dullest of jobs


twinmam · 25/05/2011 15:41

Oh god, totally agree. There are parts of being at home that are incredibly dull (and that is not to belittle or demean SAHMs at ALL)!
I suspect from your comments that the thing you are finding really boring is the domestic chores etc which is totally understandable.
I think the following things can make it more bearable:

  • organise yourself so you're only being a drudge at certain times not constantly; have time with the kids and play with them.
  • Leave the house at least once every day: park etc
  • make friends with other mums and meet up with them to chat whilst the kids play
  • mumsnet!
  • try and force yourself to enjoy doing things with the DCs. That sounds awful but it's not always automatically fun to spend time with little ones, no matter how much you love them. I put on music and dance with the DDs, make tents with them etc.
  • don't be too hard on yourself. It's a big adjustment and you are probably having to reassess who you are and what's important to you.

twinmam · 25/05/2011 15:43

Oh and if you still don't get what you need from being at home all the time then maybe look for a part time job/ take on some freelance work if you can.
I work part time and I really think I have the best of both worlds.


porcamiseria · 25/05/2011 15:46

everyone is different, DP is a SAHD and he really enjoys it

you dont.

err, maybe...GET A NEW JOB!!!!


mrspat · 25/05/2011 15:47

I'm a SAHM, and there are days when I feel just like this, I can't wait untill I can go back to work, It's not practical for us at the moment, but I miss being more than just mummy somedays :(


SarfEasticated · 25/05/2011 15:48

I made friends with other irreverent slack harridans like-minded mothers, kept in touch with my work friends and also arranged to go out once a week to the pictures with old non-mother friends. I also listen to radio 4 which gives your brain a work out too.

It is tough though, doesn't make you a bad mother to find it hard.


Hullygully · 25/05/2011 15:52

You need to embrace your inner stepford. Get something floral and a pinny, bake and take valium. You will soon adjust.


controlpantsandgladrags · 25/05/2011 15:53

I'm a sahm by choice and yes I do get unspeakably bored. It can be very thankless and I find the lack of adult company and conversation particularly difficult. However I won't work until my youngest starts school because I believe that I am doing what's best for my DC.

I will be 34 when DD2 goes to school so I think I will have plenty of time to do something for me then. Of course this may all change if we decide to go for DC3 in a couple of years!


Threelittleducks · 25/05/2011 15:54


I swither between joyful happy moments which justify my being at home and realising I can't possibly do anything else at the moment and hating myself and my life so hard that it all seems a bit pointless and shit.

It's a really really bloody tough slog and doesn't get half as much recognition as it should.


mrsbunnthebaker · 25/05/2011 15:55

when you have kids, its not all about you anymore, it should be whats best for the children.


luvviemum · 25/05/2011 15:56

Totally agree and at times I'm so bored I feel brain dead! I pay for a cleaner once a week which is a luxury but I don't smoke or drink and find it makes life a bit more bearable and in control.
I also try to schedule several things in advance eg meeting pals, dropping DS off at nannas one day, going to playcentre to meet other mums. Having an empty schedule knowing you have little ones at home can be the worst nightmare of all especially if it's raining! Planning things to do in the week gives my life a bit more structure I find
Like you, I also took redundancy from my job and am hoping to get another one in the not too distant future because I really miss the office banter, the adult company and using my brain for something other than what's for tea tonight etc.
It's true I will end up paying someone to look after my kids for some of the time but just because you have children doesn't mean you should have to sacrifice your sense of self at the alter of motherhood. Also, it doesn't mean that you love your kids any less. My children mean the world to me but I do believe that happy parents make the best parents and it's a very individual choice about what work/life balance you are most happy with.


LittleOneMum · 25/05/2011 15:58

YANBU but... the grass is not always greener. I work F/T and regularly have 'what the flip am I doing missing out on my kids' type dilemmas. Trick is to find a happy balance... (I would also go mad at home all day).


MotherSnacker · 25/05/2011 16:04



Insomnia11 · 25/05/2011 16:04

I think I'd like to do SOMETHING even if I was at home all day, like running baby massage or cookery classes or getting more involved with the school or other voluntary work. It's difficult when the kids are VERY small though but when they have a few hours at nursery there could be more options. Or could you do an OU course, something like that? Doesn't have to be a degree, I did a three month course on writing fiction when DD1 was 2 while working 3 days a week, all from my laptop. You need about 8 hours a week to do a short course.


MotherSnacker · 25/05/2011 16:05

Being a SAHM is boring that's why mumsnet is so popular IMHO.


MillyR · 25/05/2011 16:09

Very few women who do not have a baby are literally SAHM. They may not be in paid employment, but they do other things like study, volunteer or have time away from their kids pursuing some sort of hobby. I have never met anyone who didn't have a baby who spent all of their time at home with their children.

So are you literally spending all of the time with your kids? That could be the issue.


boredtodeath · 25/05/2011 16:12

Thank you ladies, such a relief to hear I'm not the only one. I have been looking for another job but have had no luck. For some reason I appear to have become unemployable!!!. I will give all your suggestions a go. In the meantime, since the sun is out, I feel the need to hit the post-school-run Pimm's. Cheers

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BsshBossh · 25/05/2011 16:13

Don't forget the long spells of boredom you must have endured when you were working. Boredom with routine work is normal in work and at home. Make sure you build in interesting things into your day (only you know what's interesting to you), every day and then it'll be easier to put up with the monotonous bits.

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