Many people have misconceptions about me. They see me with my four children (6 years between them) and think I’m some sort of Earth Mother. In truth, I found the transition from full-time work to stay-at-home-mother (SAHM), well, basically a shock. I’ve written this list with a little jest, but honestly.
I know many women take to Motherhood gracefully and smoothly (I’m jealous). But for me, it was a struggle. Over time, I’ve settled into my role as mother, so much so, I blog about it! I’ve listed below, 6 things that helped me with the adjustment.
1. Join a mother’s group
Joining a mother’s group gives structure to your week and also affords the opportunity to talk with other adults. Even if your child is very young, it’s beneficial. Find a group near you.
2. Baby Clinic
I made use of the service many pharmacies provide for monitoring infant health. I went every two weeks for the first 6-8 weeks. This gave me reassurance and got me out of the house.
3. Walk everyday
A little walk outside does wonders. I used to walk down to the local fruit and vegetable shop most days to buy fresh produce for dinner. This got me out of the house and gave me a “mission”.
4. Start an interest
Start an interest that’s not too time consuming. I scrapbooked when my children were young.
5. Internet support/advice
There are many online support groups for mothers. It’s wonderful to chat and connect with people who are at the same stage as you.
6. Find your way
Find out what works for you and your growing family. Try not to get caught up with taking on too much advice. What works for one family may not work for another. It takes time to find your way so don’t expect too much, too soon.
After reading over the list I wasn’t surprised to find it boils down to structure and support.
Motherhood is truly a blessed job so if you are like me, find ways to make it work for you.