Thinking of setting more stay at home mom goals this year?
Whether or not it’s the beginning of a new year, you may have a few mom goals that you really want to achieve.
Being a stay at home mom can be exciting, tiresome, fun, and draining all in one.
Sometimes the days pass so fast you wonder how you’ll get all your chores done.
While at other times it may drag along as if it’ll never end!
I’ve had my fair share of struggling to meet my own goals and maintain some sense of sanity.
I’m sure you’ve had this problem too.
But sometimes, we’ve got to put in perspective why we need to meet these goals and if it’s really necessary.
There are plenty of benefits to setting stay at home mom goals, and I’ll go through a few of them in this post.
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Why Stay At Home Moms Should Set Goals
It Keeps Us In Check
There are days when we just want to do our own thing, and that’s totally fine.
But when we have a goal in mind, this can help us to keep tabs on ourselves and we can get so much done.
That doesn’t mean we don’t get to slack off once in a while though.
Goals simply keep us in check and make us more accountable for our actions.
Keeps Us Focused
With a hectic household and soooo many things to do, feeling confused can add to the pressure.
Using goal setting is essential for moms to stay focused on a task and make it more manageable.
Want to clean the entire house in one weekend?
(impossible I know)
Set a goal for it and see just how much you can accomplish in a few hours. This may set a precedent for the future.
Keeps Us Motivated
When you have no goals set for the next day, it can be much easier to sit back and relax.
However, if you do have goals in mind, it can push you to do more and be more intentional.
Goals can motivate us because they get us to take action.
It can be something simple, but it pushes us to get more done.
And trust me, that feels good.
Stop Us From Procrastination
When was the last time you put off an important event, like playing tea time with your toddler?
So I’m joking, but in reality, setting goals can really stop you from procrastinating.
Setting a goal creates intent, and you’re forced to accomplish what you intended to do.
We all struggle to battle procrastination from time to time, but when you create goal setting for yourself, you’ll see how much harder it is to not fulfill that goal.
Stay At Home Mom Goals to Keep You Sane
1. Be More Health-Concious
We all have our own ideas of what ‘healthy’ means. But my definition right now is just keeping my body fueled.
This is an important mom goal because we need to be in the best of health so we can actually care for our families.
As a stay at home mom, you need to prioritize your health and wellness in order to be in tip-top shape and battle the daily chores, drama, fights, and fun.
There are days when you might get up and feel like not eating, taking your vitamins, or supplying your body with food, simply because you have so much to do.
Believe me, I’ve been there!
Nourishing your body is an excellent way to boost your immune system, get motivated and feel a lot better than a groggy mama with a whole lot of attitude.
You might have some other ideas of what healthy might mean.
There might also be some other goal-setting ideas for your own health this year.
They could involve:
- Losing weight
- Eating more fruits
- Drinking more water
- Getting more sleep
- Exercising more
What are your goals?
Could you manage them easily?
Would they hamper or help your daily routine?
Ask yourself these questions before setting a goal to avoid disappointment or a lack of motivation for other goals you may want to achieve in the future.
2. Get More Self Care
This is one the most sought-after but hardly done stay at home mom goals ever.
Am I right?
We do a lot as moms whether we work outside the home, or if we spend all our day at home with the family.
That being said, moms do need self-care for them to engage in on their own time and without interruption.
In order to nurture others, we ourselves must also grow and practical self-care is a big part of that.
What that may look like for you may be different from the next mom. What’s important is taking that time out to care for yourself.
What type of self-care makes you happy? It could be things like:
- A mini-spa day at home
- Catching up on favorite TV show
- Reading a book
- Getting more sleep
- Playing games
- Watching cat videos (a personal favorite)
Whatever it is, use this self-care moment to make yourself happy, so you can better nurture your family and home.
3. Saving More Money
Who doesn’t love saving money?
Saving more money can really help your household to accomplish some financial goals much more quickly than expected.
You can become more financially independent and secure by saving from what you earn as a work from home mom. If you don’t work, you can manage the general household expenses and budget everything from the bills to the groceries.
Using something like a budget planner or financial planner is also handy in managing expenses.
But what are the benefits of saving money as a stay at home mom?
There might be too many to list, but a few may include:
- Money for emergencies
- Reducing debt
- Financial freedom
- Funds in case of job loss
- Ability to payoff mortgage
- Keeps pantry stocked
I don’t know about you, but these benefits far outweigh the effort of saving. Managing your money the right way significantly contributes to organizing your own life, allowing for more stability and freedom in other aspects of your life.
4. Spending More Time With Kids
How much time do you spend with your kids? Most people think that because stay at home moms. . .are stay at home moms, that they automatically spend all that time with their kids.
But sometimes this is not the case.
There are moms who work from home, do homeschooling, have a never-ending list of chores, errands, to-do’s, and it goes on and on.
And although you are around your kids, you may not always be with them if you catch the drift.
Quality is better than quantity when it comes to spending time together and this will look different for every family.
The Economist has stated that we spend much more time than we did 50 years ago which does give a positive outlook.
If you’re a mom who’s struggling to spend more time with your kids due to your workload, a few handy tricks can help.
You can try:
Spend Short Quality Moments Together
This can work especially well if you have a highly structured day.
One-on-one time is very important, and your children will feel much more appreciative if you spend a smaller time with them doing something fulfilling than longer periods doing nothing.
Engaging In Fun Activities They Like
You may find some of their ‘activities’ boring, but it’s worth the shot.
If you feel like you’re dying inside when you do, plan something that you like and get them in on it.
But if they don’t like it so much, don’t force them.
Find an activity where you both can meet in the middle.
5. Making Money
There are thousands of stay at home moms who are either starting their own businesses or embarking on a career at home.
Moms who want to be at home with their kids or homeschool have the advantage of choosing from online careers instead of commuting
. More and more moms have become work-at home moms because it benefits their families more.
Is this one of your stay at home mom goals?
You can start earning money from your computer in a variety of ways.
I talk about it a lot on my blog too.
If you want to make money online doing something flexible, you could try:
- Starting a mom blog
- Doing proofreading
- Becoming a transcriber
- Do a variety of surveys
- Try fun online jobs
I’d have to say though that starting a blog is one of the best ways to earn money from home.
I’m a stay at home mom who owns a blog and I can tell you firsthand that it’s the best!
I can work early in the morning, late at night when the kids are sleeping or whenever I choose.
I write my own blog posts and I truly enjoy it!
If you would like to start a blog, it’s a simple process. You can sign up with Bluehost and pay only $3.95 a month for the year!
If you want to learn more, this guide will give you all the juicy deets!
6. Managing Your Sanity
Have you been feeling lousy, guilt-ridden, and mentally exhausted?
Do you have a lot on your mind and constantly think about your daily tasks?
It’s super important to remember that even as a mother, who cares for everyone, that you care for yourself too.
This should be one of the top stay at home mom goals to keep working on, day by day.
While not all moms are the same, there are common problems that we see affecting moms of all backgrounds.
You might experience a few of them yourself. Here are some tips for dealing with these common mental health issues in moms.
Not Getting Enough Sleep
I suffer from this as well. I find that there are not enough hours in the day to suffice for everything I need to do.
So I make an effort to get up at 4 A.M. each day and return to bed at odd hours of the night.
And the cycle continues.
If this sounds like you, it’s time to make some changes. Having a few naps or rest periods throughout the busy day can help. If you do it, I’ll try it too. Promise ????
Which mom hasn’t felt this, like ever?
Mom guilt starts from the moment that bun is in the oven and continues throughout life. Family and friends sometimes don’t help the matter, and you can get overwhelmed and distraught by constant worry.
Always keep in mind that you’re doing what’s best for your family and no one else. It’s your life. Live it.
Balancing Family and Work Life
Ok so this one can be tricky. You want to make time for both, but it seems increasingly difficult.
Both are important, but they often come to a head.
I find that managing my time more effectively can really help me to cope with working online and spending more time with family.
An important part of staying sane as a stay at home mom, is asking for help when you need it.
Sometimes, you may need a break to clear your mind.
Asking a trusted friend or relative to keep the kids for a few hours couldn’t hurt.
You could unwind and clear your head during that time.
7. Taking a Vacation
Some may say “ why do stay at home moms need a vacation anyway, they’re always on vacation”.
And this is my face, at this comment ????
As a stay-at-home mom, I am NEVER on vacation. One of my mom goals is to get a lifelong vacation in a beautiful location far away.
But in the meantime, I think I’ll go for the occasional outing.
To relieve some stress for the summer or holidays, one of your main aims as a mom should be to have a bit of fun.
While a vacation does involve packing, scheduling flights, and all that good stuff, there should be some time left over for mom to have some enjoyment.
If you’re thinking about vacation ideas, here are a few places for your summer bucket list:
- The Florida Keys
- Grand Canyon
- Cape Cod
- Mohonk Mountain House
8. Starting a Hobby
One of the most satisfying stay at home mom goals to achieve is to start a hobby. A hobby can be the perfect way to destress, express your creativity and develop a skill.
I know you may be thinking that you have no time for a hobby, that it might be too expensive, or a waste of time, but those are just excuses ????
Having a hobby as a stay at home mom is one way of doing something that’s just for you.
You can find some level of inspiration or joy from it, that doesn’t come from anywhere else.
This can have a better impact on your family life and relationships because you’re caring for one of your needs.
Your hobby can work as a lifestyle change that allows you to engage in self-development and grow in more ways than one.
You may learn to become more adventurous or more creative as you practice your hobby.
There are even some hobbies that you can make money from as well.
What kind of hobby would you like to try? Here are a few ideas to start with this year:
- Crossword puzzles
- Cake decorating
- Making soap
- Road trips
- Roller skating
9. Taking a Course
Would you like to learn to code? What about digital marketing?
Learning has now become easier with the creation of various online platforms that offer courses.
As a stay at home mom, I love finding and exploring new courses.
I’m not much of an artist, but I do enjoy water coloring, painting, and drawing courses online.
I definitely don’t do it because I’m good at it, but I really enjoy it! It’s great when you can have absolutely no skill in a particular area but then actually learn it.
That’s what I’d like for you to try mama!
If you don’t see the benefits of taking an online course, let me remind you of a few.
You Can Learn At Home
What better way to learn a new skill than in the comfort of your home?
You can read, study and watch course videos in the day on your break, or at night while the kiddos are asleep.
This means you can study and work whenever you want.
Most online courses are self-paced, so you can choose the amount of time each day to study. If you need a day off, hey, you can do that too!
It’s More Affordable
Taking a university or college course usually means paying hundreds if not thousands of dollars per semester.
When you take an online course, it’s either free or very low cost.
For example, you can pay just $12.99 for a course on Udemy.
You can find thousands of courses in areas such as:
There are also topics in each of these categories that make it much easier to choose a course.
In the personal development category, for example, you can find topics like parenting and relationships, career development, personal productivity, and leadership.
10. Spending More Time With God
Although this might not be for everyone, as a Christian mom it’s a necessary goal to spend more time with God each day.
Each morning I wake up, I ensure that I spend time in prayer, bible study and meditation.
The time may be different each day, but it’s one of the more enjoyable moments of the day for me.
It’s a time to rest and be at peace, without the noise and banter of the day.
Making the effort to rise early and commit to God before I do anything else is essential for starting my day out right.
Your own time with God may look different, but what matters truly is growing in your spirituality and having a personal relationship with Him.
Meet Your Stay At Home Mom Goals This Year!
Whether or not you ‘meet’ your stay at home mom goals is totally up to you.
It’s a learning process and all about development.
The most important aspect of achieving your goals is feeling like you’ve accomplished something for yourself.
Don’t rush it and pace yourself as you attempt to meet your objectives.
After all, it’s all about having a happier stay at home mom life!