Time wasters of the stay-at-home mom

I was intrigued by a comment last week indicating that stay-at-home moms have so much time on their hands, how could they possibly find it difficult to get dinner on the table every night and care for their children?

The comment goes on to say, “If you’re looking for stress, try doing that and working full time.”

Well, I’ll be the first to say I’ve always stood in awe of working mothers. I honestly have no idea how they do it. They work all day and then want to spend any minute they can with their kids and husband while also trying to do all the laundry, dishes, cleaning, dinner and baths in a matter of a few hours.

When I see moms like that, I do wonder why I’m not able to get everything done each day. I am lucky that I get to spend a lot of my time on the floor building blocks or making paper bag puppets. It’s not very productive, but definitely at the top of my priority list.

But I admit there are a lot of time wasters in my day as well. That comment from last week started me thinking about the things I do every day out of habit that take up time I could be spending with my kids.

1. Facebook: Decry the evils of Facebook. Avoid it like the plague. I know, I know. But I do check my Facebook account throughout the day. I don’t update my status each time I blow my nose, but I do like to check in occasionally and see what friends are doing. It’s a complete waste of time. I know this. But sometimes it’s nice to just feel a connection with other adults. Well, as much of a connection as I can when it’s just me creepily Facebook stalking them.

2. Discounts: I subscribe to several discount websites that offer daily deals. I find great deals on these sites and make our family budget stretch incredibly far, but I know I spend a lot of time doing this. I check the new deals in the morning and then often check coupon websites throughout the day. And then if a good deal does come up, I spend time debating whether to buy it and then purchasing it. I know I save money, but I wonder if it’s worth all the time I put into it.

I don’t necessarily think my daily time wasters are horrible. Sometimes I just need a moment or two to zone out and do something unrelated to my kids. It’s all about moderation, though, and there are some time wasters in my life I could scale back.

What are the time wasters in your life? How do you keep them from taking up too much of your day?

Erin Stewart is a regular blogger for Deseret News. From stretch marks to the latest news for moms, Stewart discusses it all while her 4-year-old daughter crams Mr. Potato Head pieces in her little sister’s nose.

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